Developing young peoples’ literacy skills through Physical Education.
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Due to current standards of literacy in Welsh schools, the Welsh Government has made improving the standards of literacy a top priority. This study aimed to determine the extent to which Physical Education (PE) can aid in developing young peoples’ literacy skills. There is scope for this type of study due to a scarcity in research related to literacy in PE and due to its pertinence to current issues in literacy and education. PE teachers from three schools in South Wales were selected as participants as they had received training in how to embed literacy within lessons. Training was provided on a literacy Talking Toolkit workshop. Data was collected using semi-structured interviews; an inductive content analysis of the results followed. This resulted in the emergence of nine key themes. The interviews intended to gather PE teachers’ perceptions of the impact of literacy on learning in PE, examples of strategies used to develop literacy in lessons, and their thoughts on the Talking Toolkit’s impact on both pupil and teacher learning. The study found that teachers’ perceptions of how literacy impacts on learning during PE lessons are that it inhibits the development of pupils’ confidence and communication skills, and helps to create a more inclusive environment in which less talented pupils can showcase their abilities in literacy. It has also found examples of different strategies teachers use to embed literacy into their lessons. The effectiveness of the literacy Talking Toolkit was found to be positive because of the usefulness of the resources provided, the opportunity it’s embedding provided learners of all abilities, and how it heightened teachers understanding of how to embed literacy into their lessons.
DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) SPORT & PHYSICAL EDUCATION
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