A comparative study of the experiences of specialist and nonspecialist teachers of physical education in elementary schools

Coles, Ellis S. (1995) A comparative study of the experiences of specialist and nonspecialist teachers of physical education in elementary schools. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

The main focus of this study involved a comparison of the teaching experiences of eight specialist and eight nonspecialist elementary physical education teachers. An interview was conducted with participants to ascertain their experiences in physical education. -- A literature review specifically dealing with specialist and nonspecialist educators found that in most facets of teaching physical education, specialists outperformed nonspecialist teachers. Most of these studies involved a comparison of either skill development or a comparison of physical education programs; rarely did studies examine actual teaching experiences. -- Findings from the study revealed that teachers of physical education shared many similar and different teaching experiences. These included their experiences with physical education as a student, as a teacher in training, and as a teacher. Similar viewpoints were expressed on topics such as teaching strategies and instruction, evaluation, and staff support. One noticeable difference was the enthusiasm and confidence displayed by specialist teachers, compared to nonspecialists, in the actual planning and implementation of their total physical education programs. The obstacles expressed by both groups of teachers in the teaching of physical education were also quite different. -- Based on the findings from this study, recommendations were made for additional support and assistance to all teachers of physical education in the elementary school setting.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/7897
Item ID: 7897
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 129-134.
Department(s): Human Kinetics and Recreation, School of > Physical Education
Date: 1995
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Physical education teachers--Newfoundland and Labrador--Attitudes; Elementary school teachers--Newfoundland and Labrador--Attitudes; Specialists--Newfoundland and Labrador--Attitudes;

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