An exploratory study of specialist and generalist teachers: predicting self efficacy in delivering primary physical education

Breslin, G., Hanna, D., Lowry, R. G., McKee, D., Haughey, T. and Moore, N. (2012) An exploratory study of specialist and generalist teachers: predicting self efficacy in delivering primary physical education. Working Papers in the Health Sciences, 1 (1). pp. 1-9. ISSN 2051-6266

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We aimed to determine whether primary school teachers’ motivational regulations to exercise and self efficacy in delivering a physical education (PE) lesson are different based on prior PE training. Two groups of qualified primary school teachers were recruited; PE specialists and a group of generalist primary school teachers who also teach PE. All teachers completed the Behavioural Regulation in Exercise Questionnaire-2, International Physical Activity Questionnaire and the Teachers’ Sense of Efficacy Scale. PE specialists demonstrated significantly higher levels of intrinsic motivation towards exercise participation and took part in more physical activity in comparison to the generalist teachers. Regression analysis showed that being a PE specialist predicted higher scores in instructional strategies and classroom management in PE. Our findings support the use of Self Determination Theory concepts in understanding teacher’s exercise participation motivations. These findings have implications for the modelling role of teachers in encouraging children to be physically active.

Publication Type: Articles
Uncontrolled Keywords: Self determination theory, Self-efficacy, Physical Education, PE, Primary School Teaching, Exercise participation, Competence
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV201 Physical education and training
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Sport > Area > Exercise Physiology
Depositing User: Ruth Lowry
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2013 13:59
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2017 14:12

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