Here’s Looking at You, PETE: A Profile of Physical Education Teacher Education Faculty

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Michael W. Metzler Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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The purpose of this study was to determine several features and opinions of the faculty group who staff preprofessional physical education programs in the United States. A total of 171 college and university faculty members who identified themselves as elementary and/or secondary specialists returned a 33-item questionnaire for this study. This questionnaire was designed to seek demographic data on subjects’ institution, department, faculty, and personal career information. In addition, the questionnaire requested opinions on several topics related to preprofessional physical education programs. The profile sketch of the PETE faculty group described a notably diverse professoriate, with very few commonalities binding them in terms of education, teaching responsibilities, publication records, professional duties, and membership in professional societies. However, there was some agreement within the sample about how well preprofessional programs are faring, and on the steps needed to make programs stronger in the future.

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