TITLE

Teaching Recruits' Physical Education Backgrounds and Beliefs About Purposes for Their Subject Matter

AUTHOR(S)
Placek, Judith H.; Dodds, Patt; Doolittle, Sarah A.; Portman, Penelope A.; Ratliffe, Thomas A.; Pinkham, Kathy M.
PUB. DATE
April 1995
SOURCE
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education;Apr1995, Vol. 14 Issue 3, p246
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This study described 476 recruits' physical education backgrounds and beliefs about the purposes for physical education. Beliefs about purposes are formed in part by physical education experiences and are important to examine because they are difficult to change and because they influence students' receptivity to teacher education. Most recruits recalled programs that focused on traditional team sports, games, and fitness programs, with less emphasis on individual sports and expressive or noncompetitive activities. Few differences by sex, race, or socioeconomic status were found. Recruits' reported purposes were coded into nine categories; the top purposes were learning skills, named specific activities, and fitness. The discussion focuses on the possibility of the existence of a de facto national curriculum and factors to consider if changes in physical education curriculum are desired.
ACCESSION #
20751991

 

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