Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

The Concerns of Physical Education Student Teachers. (Pedagogy)

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

The Concerns of Physical Education Student Teachers. (Pedagogy)

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The purpose of this study was to (a) identify the concerns expressed by student teachers of physical education; (b) assess the extent to which physical education student teachers express concerns that reflect Fuller's Developmental Theory Of Student Teacher Concerns (1969); (c) determine whether the concerns expressed by student teachers of physical education change between the start and completion of their student teaching assignment; (d) discover the extent cooperating teachers are aware of student teacher concerns and the techniques used to ameliorate student teacher concerns; and (e) understand how the teacher preparation programs, the supervisor/cooperating teacher, the school setting, and other factors influence student teaching concerns. The data were collected using both quantitative and qualitative procedures during the first student teaching placement. Twenty-five physical education student teachers from two different universities located in the northeast (N = 14 for university "A"; N = 11 universit y "B") were administered the Teaching Concerns Questionnaire-Physical Education (TCQ-PE) on three occasions during their student teaching experience. The findings did not support Fuller's concern model. Data revealed that student teachers at the beginning of the semester were mostly concerned for SELF related items, less concerned for IMPACT, and least concerned for TASK. …

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