A critical appraisal of the attitudes of non-specialist physical education teachers towards physical education in primary schools
Jenkins, Victoria Elizabeth
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The purpose of the present study was to investigate the attitudes of non-specialist physical education teachers towards physical education within primary schools. One hundred and twenty non-specialist teachers were selected from primary schools within the Gwent area, to take part in this study, with a response rate of seventy teachers. Teachers' attitudes towards physical education (PE) were assessed through a self completion questionnaire revealing teacher confidence levels, past and present physical activity participation levels, the provision of their Initial Teacher Training (ITT) and other forms of development training, while also investigating teachers' understanding of the benefits of physical education, perception on time allocation to PE and where physical education is rated in terms of the curriculum. From the findings arose a disappointing reality of the provision of PE in many Initial Teacher Training (ITT) prograûrmes leaving many teachers feeling incompetent about their ability to teach PE. Confidence levels of many non-specialist teachers in the study have been low, highlighting relationships with influential factors such as past experiences during their school years and also the lack of sufficient knowledge and training many of these teacher received. Development training for PE in the form of Inset training within school was almost unheard of and confusion was apparent in the awareness of access to any school advisory service for PE. Encouraging results revealed the amount of non-specialist PE teachers that are currently participating in regular physical activity. V/ith an increased emphasis on the Core subjects the time allocated to PE within the curriculum has been seen to suffer.
BSc (Hons) Sport, PE and Recreation
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