Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Understanding Teacher Ideas through Metaphors in a Native American Community

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Understanding Teacher Ideas through Metaphors in a Native American Community

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This study is based on the literature addressing teaching metaphors or views of teaching. It took place during the implementation of an active/healthy school initiative therefore survey items and questions were geared toward classroom content and active/healthy behavior content. The purpose of this study was to examine classroom teachers' metaphors about teaching in a Native American setting. K-12 teachers (N= 20) in the southwestern United States completed a metaphor questionnaire similar to Alger (2009) that provided reliable scores ([alpha] = .80) in this sample. Teachers also participated in interviews about their personal teaching metaphors and trustworthiness measures were used (search for negative cases/data triangulation/peer reviewer). There were men (n = 9) and women (n = 11) mostly Caucasian (60%) or Native American (30%) teachers. Teachers reported that before entering the profession they viewed teaching as nurturing/molding (65%). Now most teachers viewed teaching as guiding/molding/providing tools (70%). Teachers' views of teaching physical activity/healthy behavior content were similar to metaphors for traditional classroom content. …

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