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James D. Wyant and Kristi N. Wyant

In recent years, the physical education (PE) profession has been forced to confront a plethora of issues, from the demise of teacher education programs to the loss of programming in the K–12 context. Calls for change and a time of introspection have been prompted by this climate. The impetus for change has long been a staple of PE discourse. Occupational socialization theory, which describes the forces that shape the decisions and behaviors of physical education teachers, offers insight on the change narrative. Emerging from the results of occupational socialization research are myriad negative issues that highlight a perplexing problem—some PE teachers have the propensity to make irrational decisions. The purpose of this article is to apply decision theory as a means to critically examine issues that have emerged from the negative socialization cycle of PE teachers. Beyond connecting theories, suggestions will be provided to improve the decision-making of PE professionals.

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K. Andrew R. Richards, Karen Lux Gaudreault, and Wesley J. Wilson

education teachers’ educational values and practices . Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 17 ( 1 ), 2 – 25 . doi:10.1123/jtpe.17.1.2 10.1123/jtpe.17.1.2 Wyant , J.D. , & Wyant , K.N. ( 2016 ). Old story with a new twist: Applying decision theory to advance understanding of the negative

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Gregory A. Cranmer and Sara LaBelle

integrated model of health disclosure decision-making . In T.D. Afifi , & W.A. Afifi (Eds.), Uncertainty, information management, and disclosure decisions: Theories and Applications (pp.  226 – 253 ). New York, NY : Routledge . Greene , K. , Magsamen-Conrad , K. , Venetis , M.K. , Checton

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Cole McClean, Michael A. Odio, and Shannon Kerwin

constructed work realities: Narrowing the work expectation-reality gap . Business Communication Quarterly, 75 ( 3 ), 271 – 290 . doi:10.1177/1080569912441360 10.1177/1080569912441360 Beach , L.R. ( 1993 ). Image theory: An alternative to normative decision theory . Advances in Consumer Research, 20