Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Implementation Challenge for a Constructivist Physical Education Curriculum

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Implementation Challenge for a Constructivist Physical Education Curriculum

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Curriculum implementation has been studied from three perspectives: curriculum fidelity, mutual adaptation, and curriculum enactment (Snyder, Bolin, & Zumwalt, 1992). The research from fidelity perspective has focused on: (a) determining the degree to which a particular innovation is implemented as planned and (b) identifying the factors that facilitate or hinder planned implementation (Snyder et al, 1992). In this case study, we investigated implementation challenges from the curriculum fidelity perspective. The participants included a physical education teacher and his grade 3-5 students in a large urban elementary school involved in a curricular innovation project. The teacher was learning to teach a health-science based physical education curriculum designed using the constructivist learning principles. Data were collected through observation field notes from 60 lessons, 3 structured interviews with the teacher and 18 with his students. The data we focused on were the teacher's implementation procedures, students' reaction or responses to the implementation during learning, and the teacher's reasoning during implementation. Interviews were tape-recorded and transcribed. Lesson plans were collected and informal conversations with the teacher and students were summarized after each observation day. Data were analyzed using open, axial, and selective coding procedure and data from different sources were triangulated to establish trustworthiness. …

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