Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

The Impact of Professional Development on Physical Education Teachers' Efficacy

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

The Impact of Professional Development on Physical Education Teachers' Efficacy

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We examined the influence of a professional development intervention on physical education teachers' efficacy. We paired experienced mentor teachers (n = 15) with inexperienced protege teachers (n = 15) in learning how to teach the Exemplary Physical Education Curriculum (EPEC), a physical activity and fitness focused curriculum. A control group (n = 17) was also included for comparison purposes. We sought to determine if the intervention would increase teachers' efficacy to teach the four EPEC domains (i.e., physical fitness, motor skills, personal and social development, and physical activity and fitness knowledge). Additionally, we anticipated that teachers would enhance their efficacy to overcome four common barriers to physically active lessons. Specifically, we expected teachers to gain confidence in overcoming a lack of space for teaching active lessons, encouraging students who are reluctant to be active, maximizing limited time for active lessons and garnering greater administrative support for providing physically active lessons. A series of Multiple Analyses of Variance analyses indicated a variety of statistically significant results with mean scores in expected directions and small to large effect sizes. …

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