Teachers’ biographical impact on the delivery of primary physical education (PE).

Stone, D. (2015) Teachers’ biographical impact on the delivery of primary physical education (PE). Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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The study investigated the impact a teacher’s history has on their ability to deliver high quality primary Physical Education (PE) to their class. Likert questionnaires and semi-structured interviews were used to explore eight teachers’ thoughts and feelings on past experiences as a pupil, teacher training and their ability to demonstrate. Positive PE experiences were found to be more popular amongst teachers going against existing research. More importantly, these experiences were found to significantly improve teachers’ personalities towards PE and helped to encourage pupils to have positive learning experiences. Teacher training continued to be a cause for concern by teachers and corresponded with existing research. Teachers felt the lack of time caused limited subject knowledge, lesson content and impacted their ability to provide feedback and differentiation and resulted in teachers believing that this has impacted pupil development and their overall experience of PE. However, it was also highlighted that teacher training did provide sufficient knowledge on health and safety and assisted in the breakdown of teaching barriers especially when using equipment in gymnastics. Finally, teachers felt confident in their ability to demonstrate, disagreeing with previous research. The teachers also stated that showing is better than telling and believed that pupil’s level of understanding increased, as they were able to witness a visual performance of the skill. Furthermore, teachers found that being physically able allowed them to take part in their own lessons, helped to encourage and increase pupil participation and introduced friendly competition within the class.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BA (Hons) Physical Education & Sports Coaching
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Departments > Physical Education and Sports Coaching
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Ann Jones
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2015 12:14
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2015 12:14
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/1558

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