Teachers' perception on how various teaching approaches influence students motivation in practical physical education
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The purpose of this study was to understand the importance of motivating students during PE and to additionally explore the teaching approaches are most effective in motivating students in practical Physical Education (PE). The method used for this study was semi-structured interviews and this was conducted on four secondary school PE teachers (two male PE teachers and two female PE teachers). Topics covered during the interviews were student motivation, student involvement and effective teaching styles used by teachers. Three key themes emerged from the analysed data, were importance of student of motivation, teaching approaches used by teachers and interpersonal relationships. The results revealed that student and teacher motivation are both vitally important in creating an effective learning environment. Although teachers can have a huge impact on the motivational climate they create for their students. Furthermore it became apparent that teachers knowledge on how to implement the Spectrum of Teaching Styles was limited despite having access to style definitions. The teachers interviewed suggested that they preferred to use teacher centred styles however this could be misinterpreted due to their lack of knowledge on all Teaching Styles. Furthermore the results suggested that interpersonal relationships between students and teachers could have an effect on student motivation and engagement. The findings from this study suggest that teachers should implement a number of teaching strategies to create a motivational climate to enhance student motivation in physical education.
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