Negotiations Between Preservice Classroom Teachers and Students During a Physical Education Early Field Experience

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Purpose: To describe the patterns of negotiation engaged in by preservice classroom teachers (PCTs) and their students during a physical education early field experience. Method: The participants were 16 PCTs enrolled in the early field experience. They taught a variety of content within six lessons to second- and fourth-grade students. Data were collected using six qualitative methods and analyzed using analytic induction and constant comparison. Results/Conclusions: Seven PCTs were relatively effective negotiators, whereas nine PCTs were relatively ineffective. The PCTs’ negotiation skills were influenced by their comfort with physical education, pedagogical knowledge, content knowledge, and pedagogical content knowledge. The negotiations initiated by the PCTs and their students were similar to those described in previous studies. The type and amount of student-initiated negotiation was influenced by their gender, age, skill level, and content taught. The implications for preparing PCTs to teach physical education are discussed.

McEntyre is with the Department of Kinesiology, Tarleton State University, Stephenville, TX. Curtner-Smith and Baxter are with the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.

McEntyre (mcentyre@tarleton.edu) is the corresponding author.
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