Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Improving Graduate Student Teacher Performance in General Physical Education Programs

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Improving Graduate Student Teacher Performance in General Physical Education Programs

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The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of a pedagogical induction program (IP) on Graduate Teaching Assistants' (GTAs) teaching performance in a major university's general physical education program. GTAs are responsible for most undergraduate instruction with little or no knowledge of effective teaching practices. In general physical education programs, GTAs are likely to be the last resource for undergraduates to learn motor skills associated with life-long physical activity. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of an IP on GTAs teaching performance in a major university's general physical education program. Participants included eight GTAs teaching tennis, volleyball, basketball, soccer, and flag football and the students enrolled in those classes. There were four GTAs in the control group and four in the treatment group. The treatment group participated in the IP that consisted of two 3-hr effective teaching modules, including instruction on using tactical game play as a method of instruction, and biweekly mentoring sessions. As measures of teacher performance, the Qualitative Measure of Teaching Performance Scale (QMTPS) was used to establish teacher performance values, the Games Performance Assessment Instrument (GPAI) was used to establish student achievement values, and the Student Perception of Teaching (SPOT) instrument was used to determine student satisfaction with the GTAs teaching performance. …

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