Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Experienced Elementary Physical Educators' Perceptions and Insights on Professional Development and the Teaching-Learning Process

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Experienced Elementary Physical Educators' Perceptions and Insights on Professional Development and the Teaching-Learning Process

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Ann-Catherine Sullivan, Saginaw Valley State University, and Sandra A. Stroot, The Ohio State University

A recent influx of federal, state and local agencies have developed agendas which focus on improving the status of teaching in America's schools. Much of the trust of the agendas has focused on developing professional development programs for educators. Teachers' stage of development literature indicates that individual's professional development needs change over time and across contexts. In this light, one mode of professional development will not meet the needs of all educators. Therefore, the primary purpose of this study was to describe the professional development opportunities of four experienced elementary physical educators and the extent to which these experiences informed the teaching-learning process. The secondary purpose of the study was to attain the experienced teachers' perspectives on the impact of individual professional development on student learning and thirdly to identify the constraints and supports for professional development opportunities. The qualitative data collection methods inc luded: teacher interviews; observation of teaching; collected documents; and e-mail communication with the four participants. The quantitative data included participants' responses on the Teachers' Concerns Questionnaire-Physical Education (McBride, 1993) and the Perceived Needs Questionnaire-Physical Education (Conkle, 12995). …

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