Physical Education Student Teachers' Beliefs in Their Control Over Student Learning

Schempp, Paul G.
April 1986
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education;Apr1986, Vol. 5 Issue 3, p198
Academic Journal
This study determined changes in physical education student teachers' beliefs (perceptions) of control over student learning. A pre-post student teaching design was used to detect changes in beliefs of 44 volunteer physical education student teachers. Beliefs in control over learning outcomes were measured by the Teacher Locus of Control scale. Pretesting was completed 5 weeks prior to teaching, and posttesting was administered at the completion of the 10-week student teaching experience. Data were gathered over a 2-year period. Data analyzed via a paired t-test indicated the student teachers' belief of responsibility for student teaming was decreased. Specifically, total responsibility for student outcomes and responsibility for student failure showed significant (p < .05) decreases. No change in beliefs regarding control over student success was detected. A multiple regression analysis revealed significant (p < .05) gender differences on the postteaching composite score. It appeared that males showed a significantly greater overall decrease in perceptions of beliefs of control over student learning.


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