“It’s a Lot Less Hassle and a Lot More Fun”: Factors That Sustain Teachers’ Enthusiasm for and Ability to Deliver Sport Education

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  • 1 The University of Alabama
  • | 2 University of Southampton
  • | 3 Auburn University
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Purposes: (a) To describe how more experienced and expert teachers interpreted and delivered sport education (SE) during their careers and (b) to discover and describe factors within their occupational socialization that sustained the teachers’ enthusiasm for and ability to deliver SE. Method: Participants were nine teachers. Primary data sources were formal interviews. Secondary supporting sources were documents and film. They were analyzed by employing standard interpretive methods. Credibility and trustworthiness were established through a search for discrepant and negative cases and member checking. Findings: At different times in their careers, the teachers delivered SE in one of four ways: watered down, through a cafeteria approach, the full version, and the full+ version. A number of factors from their acculturation, professional socialization, and organizational socialization enabled the teachers to deliver the full+ version or led to them delivering other versions of the model. Conclusions: The findings allow us to make practical suggestions for preservice and inservice teacher education that may help university faculty facilitate the teaching of SE.

Curtner-Smith, Brunsdon, and Sinelnikov are with The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA. Kinchin is with University of Southampton, Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom. Hastie is with the Auburn University, Auburn, AL, USA.

Curtner-Smith (mdsmith@ua.edu) is corresponding author.
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