Rebecca K. Lytle and Gayle E. Hutchinson
The purpose of this study was to describe the experiences and roles adapted physical educators engaged in during consultation interactions. Participants included 4 females and 2 males with experience teaching (range of 3-21 years) in the field of adapted physical education. Data collection included a demographic data sheet, two individual in-depth interviews, interview notes, document analysis, and field observations. Results indicate that participants experienced and made meaning for five distinct roles, including advocate, educator, courier, supporter/helper, and resource coordinator. These findings and future discoveries may influence curriculum and pedagogical approaches for adapted physical education teacher training programs.
Gayle E. Hutchinson and Craig A. Buschner
Nearly 40% of all undergraduates are adult learners (age 25 and older; Kasworm, 1990). As the number of adult learners rises, physical education teacher education (PETE) faculty members must begin to explore how these learners differ from traditional 18- to 24-year-old students. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to describe the events leading to a career decision in PETE and to examine participant-described behaviors as PETE students of two delayed-entry students actively enrolled in a university PETE program. Analysis of three 90-minute, in-depth, open-ended interviews revealed that significant life experiences prompted participants to reevaluate their career goals and pursue a career teaching physical education. As PETE candidates, participants frequently utilized a reservoir of life experiences to make sense of their career decisions and navigate their career paths. The adult learners described themselves as self-motivated and self-directed with clear career goals and timelines.