Student’s perception of their PE teachers as role models: A retrospective
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Research has identified that parents and athletes are role models (Wann et al. 2001; Thornton & Bricheno, 2007). However, it has also been established that there is an insufficient research to indicate whether teachers and more specifically PE teachers are also considered in this way (Lunenberg et al., 2007). The study aimed to observe whether former students’ perceived their PE teacher as a role model: in a retrospective account. It further investigated whether the student’s perceptions have changed since leaving school. Nine female’s participants took part in the study; they were split into three sub-categories according to their activity levels of "High", "Moderate" and "Low". The research instrument involved semi-structured interviews regarding their PE experience and PE teacher. A combination of inductive and detective content analysis was conducted in order to analyse the data. The results demonstrate that all nine participants significantly perceived their PE teachers as a role model. It was further observed that whilst students’ perceptions have not changed since leaving school, several of the participants developed a more positive perception towards their PE teachers. The study also identified that appearance, personality/professionalism, and knowledge are important features in a PE Teachers repertoire to maximise their impact as a role model. Key- words: Role models; PE teacher; Appearance, Personality, Professionalism, Knowledge, Perception.
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