Non-specialist Primary School teachers’ perceptions of High quality
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Reports have indicated that physical education delivered by the non-specialist primary teacher is of an unsatisfactory quality (Graber et al., 2008; Kirk, 2005). It is further reported that there a number of factors responsible for this, including: insufficient preparation on teacher education programmes, limited subject knowledge and a lack of professional development programmes (Graber et al., 2008; Hardman, 2005; Hunter, 2006; Kirk, 2005; McKenzie and Kahan, 2008). The current study purposed to critically evaluate the non-specialist primary school teachers’ perception, understanding and achievement of high quality physical education, as well their attitudes towards delivering physical education. This research adopted a case study design, using interviews as the method of data collection. Five non-specialist primary teachers from one case study school were interviewed. Both inductive and deductive content analysis was performed. The results of this study indicated that the non-specialist primary teacher is lacking the required knowledge and expertise to deliver high quality physical education. The study also identifies a relationship between a lack of confidence and expertise to deliver high quality physical education with a negative attitude towards physical education. Findings of the study suggest that current Initial Teacher and Education Training and Continuing Professional Development programmes relative to physical education need improving to ensure primary teachers are fully prepared to deliver high quality physical education.
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