Failing Gym is Like Failing Lunch or Recess: Two Beginning Teachers' Struggle for Legitimacy

O'Sullivan, Mary
April 1989
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education;Apr1989, Vol. 8 Issue 3, p227
Academic Journal
In this article the author discusses some factors facing teachers in the initial stages of their teaching career. The paper focuses on the two beginner teachers that were part of the seven studied. Both of teachers were pleased with the way their first year began and recognized that, as novices, they needed to stress discipline and rules from the outset, an important factor in teacher effectiveness. In addition they knew that their contact with parents and their support from them was crucial. Both experienced to some degree a perceived lack of legitimacy attached to the teaching of physical education.


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