Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Survey of Indiana Physical Educator's Content Knowledge. (Pedagogy)

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Survey of Indiana Physical Educator's Content Knowledge. (Pedagogy)

Article excerpt

Many states have adopted standards designed to increase the quality of new teachers entering the profession. Although teachers in many states are required to pass content specific tests for licensure, little research about the content of physical education has been done. Knowing the diversity of physical education programs coupled with the need for preservice teachers to pass the competency exams required for licensure as well as be prepared to teach, the curriculum of a preservice teaching major is critical to meeting these goals. The purpose of this study was to determine the content of physical education as perceived by inservice physical education teachers. A survey was created by the researchers based on the guidelines for content knowledge of Indiana physical education teachers (Indiana Professional Standards Board, 1998). This 110-item instrument was designed to measure what inservice teachers believe that beginning teachers should know related to course content. Participants were directed to rate the survey items using the following scale: critically important, somewhat important, not very important, and totally unimportant. 178 Indiana teachers at the elementary (35%), middle (33%), and high school (32%) levels completed the survey. …

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