preschool teachers’ readiness and professional development training in PE/PA ( Martyniuk & Tucker, 2014 ; McWilliams et al., 2009 ). Martyniuk and Tucker ( 2014 ) found that 802 of 1,113 (72.1%) of preservice early childhood educators attending college had not completed PE/PA-specific coursework in the
Ali Brian, Adam Pennell, Ryan Sacko and Michaela Schenkelburg
Collin A. Webster, Diana Mindrila, Chanta Moore, Gregory Stewart, Karie Orendorff and Sally Taunton
CSPAP. This information can be used to direct teacher professional development initiatives so that they are tailored to meet the needs of physical education teachers with different degrees of DSI. Our second aim was to examine associations between physical education teachers’ DSI, perceived school
Stephanie Mazzucca, Cody Neshteruk, Regan Burney, Amber E. Vaughn, Derek Hales, Truls Østbye and Dianne Ward
and professional development, PA policy, outdoor playtime provided, outdoor play environment, ST, ST practices, and ST policy. Subscores are then summed to determine the overall PA environment score, with potential scores ranging from 0 to 30. Higher subscores and overall score indicate better
Duane Knudson, Ting Liu, Dan Schmidt and Heather Van Mullem
his or her professional development and advancement for the betterment of the department and the field of kinesiology ( Knudson, 2016 )? Faculty mentoring in teaching and service roles is also important ( Knudson, 2016 ). This is particularly relevant in departments at universities that emphasize
Andrew P. Driska
) Developmentally-appropriate practices (13, 35) How & where you took the course (14, 26) Professional mindset (15, 32) Salient features & reactions (13, 31) Valuing education & professional development (9, 22) Limitations of online course (9, 23) Miscellaneous Attitudes (13, 33) Miscellaneous course perceptions
Eric M. Martin, Scott J. Moorcroft and Tyler G. Johnson
values, objectives for coaching, and coaching philosophy. This type of coaching knowledge also emphasizes coaches’ capacity for engaging in continuing professional development throughout their careers and propensity for systematic and ongoing self-reflection. In order to continue their own development
Niki Tsangaridou and Mary O’Sullivan
This study was motivated by the need to understand the role and function of teachers’ reflection as it “is” rather than as it “ought” to be. The focus of the study was to describe teachers’ reflection within the teaching and learning environment, as well as the role of reflection in their professional development. Participants were four experienced elementary and secondary physical education teachers from urban and suburban school districts. Data were collected through observations, interviews, and journals. Case analysis and crosscase analysis were employed in analyzing the data. Findings indicated that the participants’ microreflection, the type of reflection that informs teachers’ day-to-day practices, addressed pedagogical, content, ethical, moral, and social issues. Their reflections were situationally driven and contextually bound. Macroreflection, the type of reflection that informs teachers’ practices over time, influenced changes in the teachers’ classroom practice and professional development.
Nell Faucette, Peg Nugent, James F. Sallis and Thomas L. McKenzie
Classroom teachers’ responses to a 2-year professional development program are presented. Sixteen 4th- and 5th-grade teachers involved in Project SPARK completed structured interviews, questionnaires, and written evaluations of program sessions. Although in Year 1 more than half of the teachers expressed concerns about schedules and equipment management, results indicated that the program helped increase their self-confidence when teaching physical education. Participants believed that students benefitted from their enhanced knowledge and instructional behaviors. Program components most appreciated included: the input received and responsiveness of the design team; opportunities to collaborate, discuss concerns, and problem-solve with each other and the facilitators; and having on-site and large-group-session modeling. Results indicated that the teachers were less enthusiastic about a self-management curriculum due to its behavioral emphasis, yet supported the assertion that an ongoing, supportive professional development program can substantially improve classroom teachers’ physical education programs.
Nate McCaughtry, Kimberly L. Oliver, Suzanna Rocco Dillon and Jeffrey J. Martin
We used cognitive developmental theory to examine teachers’ perspectives on the use of pedometers in physical education. Twenty-six elementary physical education teachers participating in long-term professional development were observed and interviewed twice over 6 months as they learned to incorporate pedometers into their teaching. Data were analyzed via constant comparison. The teachers reported four significant shifts in their thinking and values regarding pedometers. First, at the beginning, the teachers predicted they would encounter few implementation challenges that they would not be able to overcome, but, after prolonged use, they voiced several limitations to implementing pedometers in physical education. Second, they anticipated that pedometers would motivate primarily higher skilled students, but found that lesser skilled students connected with them more. Third, they moved from thinking they could use pedometers to teach almost any content to explaining four areas of content that pedometers are best suited to assist in teaching. Last, they shifted from seeing pedometers as potential accountability tools for student learning and their teaching to identifying key limitations to using pedometers for assessment. Our discussion centers on connecting these findings to teacher learning and professional development, and on the implications for teacher educators and professional development specialists advocating pedometers in physical education.
The purpose of the study was to identify and analyze mentoring and networking among selected male and female administrators employed by National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) institutions. A random sample of 263 NCAA administrators (106 males, 157 females) participated in the study. Data were collected through a mail questionnaire and a follow-up interview, both developed by the researcher. Results indicate that NCAA administrators have mentoring relationships and participate actively in networking. The mentoring relationships and the networking utilized by these administrators included both formal and informal involvement. The results indicate that NCAA administrators perceive that having a mentor and actively networking assists in an individual’s personal and professional development.