Pedagogical strategies for delivering the teaching games for understanding model to preservice teachers’ with diverse socialization orientations

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Craig A. Parkes (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Pam Brown

Abstract: The aims of this study were to investigate the influence of occupational socialization on preservice teachers’ (PTs’) orientations, and to identify how this orientation influenced their delivery of the Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) model. Participants (n=14), were enrolled in an undergraduate games methods course in the north east United States. Qualitative data were collected through autobiographical essays, peer-teaching observations, document analysis, and stimulated-recall interviews. NVivo 11 Pro software package was employed to analyze data using analytic induction and constant comparison techniques. Results indicated that PTs’ possessed five different types of socialization orientation (hardcore fitness, fitness/coaching, teaching/coaching, hardcore coaching/moderate fitness, and balanced). Full, watered down, and cafeteria versions of the TGfU model were delivered by PTs’. Those PTs’ possessing hardcore fitness and coaching orientations delivered full and watered down version of the model, which contradicted previous findings. These PTs’ had been influenced to teach this way due to their acculturation and professional socialization experiences. Recommendations for faculty teaching PTs’ with hardcore fitness and coaching orientations include addressing PTs’ acculturation experiences, allowing PTs’ to teach sports in which they are experienced, providing both school based and peer teaching opportunities, and selling the importance of teaching and learning within the game context. An increased focus on teaching PTs’ the timing of questioning techniques and tactical discussions irrespective of orientation is also strongly recommended.

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Language: English
Date: 2018
Occupational socialization, Physical education teacher education, Socialization orientations, Teaching games for understanding
Physical education teachers $x Training of
Student teachers
Physical education and training $x Study and teaching
Educational games
Professional socialization

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