A study of teachers' attitudes to the changes in the Physical Education Curriculum at Key Stage Three in Wales.
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This study is concerned with Physical Education (PE) teacher's attitudes towards the revised PE National Curriculum of 2008 in Wales. The research was conducted by using academic resources such as books, journals and professional websites. It explores areas of the revised PE curriculum and what reactions teachers are having to the changes and the four main areas to the new curriculum (creative activities, competitive activities, adventurous and outdoor activities and health, fitness and well-being activities). The study was conducted by sending four questionnaires to twelve state schools across Wales throughout the school year of 2008/2009. Seventeen questionnaires were received back from teachers and the information was processed to come to a number of conclusions. The questionnaires had seventeen statements with an eighteen question at the end. Respondents where asked to select a level of agreement with each statement using the Likert scale. The study suggests that in general teachers felt the new curriculum was an improvement to the previous one. Results showed competitive activities still play the major role in PE lessons with health, fitness and well-being activities being easily integrated into most PE lessons. Creative activities were seen as important by teachers whilst adventurous and outdoor activities do not play a much as a role due to the lack of facilities, equipment and general funding. In conclusion the study showed that in general teachers feel the new curriculum was an improvement. However, certain issues concerning adventurous and outdoor activities need to be addressed.
BA (Hons) Educational Studies and Sport and Physical Activity.
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