Learning to Teach Physical Education in the Secondary School: A Companion to School Experience

Learning to Teach Physical Education in the Secondary School: A Companion to School Experience

Learning to Teach Physical Education in the Secondary School: A Companion to School Experience

Learning to Teach Physical Education in the Secondary School: A Companion to School Experience

Synopsis

How can I teach PE effectively and motivate my pupils? There are many teaching skills and issues covered in initial teacher education courses that student PE teachers must apply to their own subject. However, the complexity of teaching PE can make this difficult to do. This book focuses on the requirements of student PE teachers in relation to teaching skills and issues covered in initial teacher education courses. The new edition of this popular textbook draws together background information about teaching and about PE, basic teaching skills specifically related to physical education and broader knowledge and understanding of issues in the wider context of PE. The book is organised so that each chapter contains text and underpinning theory interspersed with activities that student teachers are asked to undertake either alone, with another student teacher, or with a tutor. This is not just a book of teaching tips but promotes critical thinking and reflection to enable student PE teachers to develop into reflective practitioners. Learning to Teach Physical Education in the Secondary School is an essential resource for any student teacher undertaking school-based initial teacher education to become a teacher of PE in secondary schools.

Excerpt

The second edition of Learning to Teach Physical Education in the Secondary School is one of a series of books entitled Learning to Teach in the Secondary School covering most subjects in the secondary school curriculum. The books in the series support and complement Learning to Teach in the Secondary School: A Companion to School Experience, third edition (Capel et al. 2001) which was first published in 1995. These books are designed for student teachers learning to teach on different types of initial teacher education courses and in different places. However, it is hoped that they are equally useful to tutors and mentors in their work with student teachers. In 1997 a complementary book was published entitled Starting to Teach in the Secondary School: A Companion for the Newly Qualified Teacher (Capel et al. 1997). That second book was designed to support newly qualified teachers in their first post and covered aspects of teaching which are likely to be of concern in the first year of teaching. A completely revised and updated second edition of that book is to be published in 2004.

The information in the subject books does not repeat that in Learning to Teach; rather the content of that book is adapted and extended to address the needs of student teachers learning to teach a specific subject. In each of the subject books, therefore, reference is made to Learning to Teach, where appropriate. It is recommended that you have both books so that you can cross-reference when needed.

The positive feedback on Learning to Teach, particularly the way it has supported the learning of student teachers in their development into effective, reflective teachers, has encouraged us to retain the main features of that book in the subject series. Thus, the subject books are designed so that elements of appropriate theory introduce each topic or issue. Recent research into teaching and learning is incorporated into the presentation. The material is interwoven with tasks designed to help you identify key features of the topic or issue and apply this to your own practice.

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