Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Physical Educators' Perceptions of Teaching in Urban Elementary Environments

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Physical Educators' Perceptions of Teaching in Urban Elementary Environments

Article excerpt

Teaching is an ever-changing entity that requires constant evaluation in order to examine learning goals and meet the needs of a burgeoning and diverse student population in the United States. Reflection in all disciplines of teaching has been shown to aid in the preparation of teachers for a range of situations that they could encounter (Gore, 1987; Hellison & Templin 1991; Schon, 1983; Jung & Schempp, 2005). The perspective of urban physical education teachers in elementary education, and their ideas of what constitutes teaching is an area where literature is scarce. Allowing educators of this demographic to reflect upon their ideas of teaching serves as a method where relevant and appropriate practices in physical education environments can be realized. This also can negate stereotypes that are often associated with teaching and learning in urban education. The purpose of this study was to examine urban elementary school teachers (N= 31) definitions of teaching as related to their personal perspectives and experiences in the classroom and identify information that can be used to impact instruction in physical education. Data from the teachers in this study came from open-ended questions that were part of a larger research study using the I.M.P.A.C.T. questionnaire developed by Culp & Chepyator-Thomson (2005). The teachers were asked to respond to questions that asked them about (a) their idea of teaching (b) identification of elements that defined their idea of teaching and (c) strategies that they used to enhance their teaching. …

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