An investigation of secondary physical education teachers’ attitudes towards and perceptions of physical education

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Natalie Boone (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Ben Dyson

Abstract: The purpose of this research was to determine the perceptions of secondary physical education (PE) teachers towards physical education and attitudes towards PE curriculum. Utilizing a mixed methods research design, this study collected survey, open-ended questions, and semi-structured interview data from secondary PE teachers representing five states from the southeast. Sixty-seven teachers completed the questionnaire, and 10 teachers completed follow-up interviews. The results of the survey indicated that secondary physical educators have an overall positive attitude towards the PE curriculum. The highest valued curriculum component was the social development domain, which is based on personal growth, personal responsibility, and knowledge of the benefit of regular participation in exercise. The teachers’ voice was illuminated through the open-ended questions and semi-structured interviews. Four themes were drawn from the teachers’ comments: Moving and Active, Knowing, Fun and Engaging, and Working Together. The findings from this study help provide a clearer understanding of how PE teachers at the secondary level perceive the PE curriculum. This study reported the perceptions of high school PE teachers and provided insights into their attitudes towards the PE curriculum, while the qualitative interview data provided a more in-depth explanation of the teacher’s perspectives. Findings from this study are also valuable to PE teachers, state and local administrators, and teacher education preparation programs respectively. Further inquiry into the perspectives of PE teachers has the potential to guide research on PE curriculum and pedagogy at the high school level.

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Language: English
Date: 2022
Perceptions, Perspectives, Physical Education, Secondary
Physical education and training $x Study and teaching (Secondary)
Physical education teachers $x Attitudes
High school teachers $x Attitudes

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