Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Specialist and Nonspecialist Physical Education Instruction-A Case Study

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Specialist and Nonspecialist Physical Education Instruction-A Case Study

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Leigh Brown, Jeff Walkley, and Bernie Holland, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University

The purpose of this study carried out by the author was to determine who delivers Physical Education the best in primary and elementary schools, specialist or nonspecialist teachers. There has been considerable debate on this topic both in Australia and overseas. A study of 180 grade six students from government and non-government primary schools in the Northwest suburbs of Melbourne, Australia was carried out testing the students' competence in physical fitness, fundamental motor skills, attitude toward physical activity and feelings about physical education. Means and standard deviations were determined for each variable of interest. A Multivariate Analysis of Variance (MANOVA) was used to determine if any significant difference (p [less than] .05 level) existed between the groups (teacher type and gender) for each of the physical fitness, fundamental motor skills, attitudes toward physical activity, and feelings about physical education data sets. Follow-up univariate analysis of variance (p [less than] .0 5) was used to analyze the data further when significant MANOVA results were achieved. …

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