Investigation of Needs, Best Practices, and Challenges in Physical Education with Limited English Proficient Students in North Carolina

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Kymm D. Ballard (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Diane Gill

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to identify the needs and challenges for physical educators who teach Limited English Proficient (LEP) students in the state of North Carolina, and to begin to develop a teaching model to address those needs and challenges in physical education classes. Research is lacking and this study was a first attempt to gather North Carolina information to study and assist teachers with LEP students in physical education in the future. The design used to address these goals was twofold. The first part involved a statewide online survey of physical education teachers through the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction list serve networks. The statewide online survey included the Needs Assessment for LEP Students in Physical Education (NALEPSPE) and Multicultural Awareness-Knowledge- Skill Survey for Teachers (MAKSS-T). The second part of the methodology involved the purposive selection of 22 physical education teachers to take part in a half-day workshop. Paired t-tests were used to compare pre-post scores of the workshop group or each of the three areas of the MAKSS--awareness, knowledge and skills. Workshop participants increased in their multicultural awareness, skills, and knowledge through the workshop. Teachers in both statewide and workshop groups suggested several multicultural educational programs and resources for PE teachers. While these findings cannot be generalized, the study provides information on essential needs and challenges for teaching LEP students, a starting point to develop a best practices model for teaching LEP students in physical education, and suggests need and directions for further study on this issue in North Carolina.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2008
ELL, LEP, Multicultural, Needs assessment, Physical education, Teacher education
Limited English-proficient students $x Education $x Physical education and training.
Physical education for children $x Study and teaching.
Physical education teachers $x Training of.
Limited English-proficient students $x Services for.

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