Enhancers and Inhibitors of Teacher Change among Secondary Physical Educators

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Pamela A. Bechtel Bowling Green State University

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Mary O’Sullivan University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

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The purpose of this study was to explore enhancers and inhibitors that impacted 4 secondary physical education teachers to make changes in their programs. An interpretivist approach was used to understand the physical educators’ change process. Data were collected from document analyses, participant information sheets, interviews, discussion groups, and observing classes. Data were analyzed as 4 case studies using inductive analysis that examined emergent themes for each participant. A cross-case analysis highlighted the common enhancers and inhibitors for the teachers’ change process. The enhancers to change were the teachers’ visions and beliefs of physical education and support from principals, colleagues, and students. The inhibitors to change were district practices and policies and educational priorities. Gaining a better understanding of the teacher change process will help to design more effective professional development programs for secondary physical education teachers.

Bechtel is with the Kinesiology Division/PETE, School of Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, and O’Sullivan is with the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland.

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