Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Implementing Sport Education in a Peer-Instructed University Physical Education Class

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Implementing Sport Education in a Peer-Instructed University Physical Education Class

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Mary L. Henninger and Karen B. Pagnano, University of Massachusetts

The purpose of this study was to investigate the perceptions of two novice volleyball instructors (1 male and 1 female) as they implemented a Sport Education Curricular Model in a peer instructed university physical education activity class. This study was situated within the teacher development literature and explored the viability of utilizing teacher development training which focused on the Sport Education Model as a means of improving instructional effectiveness. Two peer instructors were introduced to the Sport Education Curricular Model by the researchers and instructors. This introduction consisted of instruction of the theory of Sport Education coupled with researcher modeling, instructor practicing, and collaborative planning. Successful implementation of the Sport Education model requires extensive training that enables instructors to gain new knowledge, change attitudes toward self and students, develop new skills, and transfer the new skills into classroom practice (Joyce & Showers, 1995). Data w ere collected through 18 hr of observation, field notes, 3 formal in-depth interviews each 90 min long, instructor reflective journals, and student performance and instructor planning artifacts related to the Sport Education Model such as lessons plans and student assessments. …

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