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The Teacher Concerns Questionnaire with Preservice Physical Educators in Great Britain: Being Concerned with Concerns

Geoffrey A. Meek

The Teacher Concerns Questionnaire (TCQ) was administered to 77 British preservice physical educators prior to and following teaching practice. Confirmatory factor analysis revealed that the TCQ is a poorly fitting instrument for data of British preservice physical educators. A subsequent profile analysis based on pretest-posttest factor structures was conducted to analyze developmental shifts in concerns due to experience and reported nonsignificant differences between cohorts, based on teacher education program and experience. The need for a more sensitive TCQ for preservice physical educators and the applicability of the TCQ in identifying developmental shifts are discussed.

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The Coach-Athlete Relationship in Married Couples: An Exploratory Content Analysis

Sophia Jowett and Geoffrey A. Meek

This study examined the interpersonal athletic relationship of four married coach-athlete dyads. In order to facilitate the examination of this unique relationship, the interpersonal constructs of closeness, co-orientation, and complementarity were integrated into a conceptual-based model. The main purpose of this study was to establish the utility of the constructs in understanding the coach-athlete relationship in married couples. Following in-depth interviews, the responses of the participants were content analyzed. Analysis revealed that the coaches and athletes’ close relationship facilitated the formulation of a cooriented view of relevant and important issues which subsequently affected the way in which cooperative interactions were expressed in training. The relationship-oriented aspects of this unique dyad are discussed in relation to a proposed conceptualization of the coach-athlete relationship, and future directions are presented.