Physical Education Teacher Educators’ Work Roles in Research and Doctoral-Granting Institutions

in Journal of Teaching in Physical Education
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Traditionally, faculty members have had to balance three main components of their work: research, teaching, and service. This balance can be influenced by career stage, personal work orientations, and organizational climate. This study was an exploration of the work roles of physical education teacher educators (PETEs) by gender and tenure status in research or doctoral-granting institutions. A survey was devised to gather information regarding background, workload, institutional expectations, personal skills, sources of support and feedback, and job satisfaction. Respondents (N = 98) from programs cross-referenced with the Carnegie classification system (Carnegie Foundation, 1987), and the Physical Education Gold Book (1987) returned the survey (77% response rate). Frequencies, cross-tabulations, and measures of central tendency and variability for continuous variables were obtained. Results suggested dissonance existed in the areas of research and teaching. Structural ambiguity was evident between institutional values and personal skills, particularly for tenured women.

Grace Goc Karp is with the Division of HPERD at the University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, 83844. Kay Williamson is with American Express Finance Advisors, Columbus, OH, 43085. Bethany Shifflett is with the Human Performance Department at San Jose State University, San Jose, CA 95192-0054.

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