The socialization of teachers who teach young students experiencing physical disability in physical education

Swett, Christina (2016) The socialization of teachers who teach young students experiencing physical disability in physical education. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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The purpose of this study was to explore the socialization of teachers in physical education, with a focus on their experiences of teaching and learning to teach children living with physical disabilities. Data were collected using qualitative interviews and through analysis of program calendars for publicly-funded institutions offering pre-service teacher education programs. Despite being largely viewed as the least effective form of socialization, pre-service teacher education has the potential to influence a teacher’s confidence and performance in the classroom. Results of this study indicate that the socialization experiences of teachers continue to be strong indicators of performance, and that both specialist and generalist teachers lack positive socialization experiences that include students with physical disabilities in physical education. This limits the experience, knowledge and skills they have to draw on in their physical education teaching practice. Coupled with a lack of resources and expertise available, teachers are left under-prepared and without enough resources to provide high quality physical education to children living with physical disabilities.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 12040
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 105-119).
Keywords: Physical Education, Teachers, Disability, Inclusion, Socialization
Department(s): Human Kinetics and Recreation, School of > Physical Education
Date: January 2016
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Physical education for children with disabilities--Social aspects; Physical education teachers--Social conditions; Physical education teachers--Training of; Professional socialization

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