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Primary teachers’ experience of a physical education professional development programme

Coulter, Maura orcid logoORCID: 0000-0001-9406-2349 and Woods, Catherine orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-0892-6591 (2011) Primary teachers’ experience of a physical education professional development programme. Irish Educational Studies, 31 (3). pp. 329-343. ISSN 1747-4965

Professional development (PD) is essential for primary school teachers to meet the demands of the education system. Quality PD is aligned with classroom conditions, school contexts and teachers’ daily experiences. The purpose of the study was to explore primary teachers’ experiences of a 6-week physical education professional development programme (PE-PDP). A single school case study was employed (N =28 teachers, N =780 pupils) and all teachers and a sample of children participated in focus group interviews. Transcripts were categorised and themed using systematic content analysis. Results revealed that post the PE-PDP, teachers’ PE content knowledge had expanded and this encouraged them to use existing classroom paedagogical strategies in the PE context. This developed their confidence in teaching PE and a greater understanding of the PE curriculum and its purpose.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:professional development; physical education; outdoor and adventure activities; teacher change; qualitative methods
Subjects:Social Sciences > Education
Social Sciences > Teaching
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science and Health > School of Health and Human Performance
DCU Faculties and Schools > Institute of Education > School of Arts Education & Movement
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03323315.2012.710062
Copyright Information:© 2011 Taylor And Francis. This is an electronic version of an article published in Irish Educational Studies. It is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03323315.2012.710062
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:21487
Deposited On:01 Dec 2016 17:21 by Thomas Murtagh . Last Modified 04 Aug 2022 12:27

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