Comparing Teaching Behaviors and Student Activity Levels in Classes Taught by P.E. Specialists Versus Nonspecialists

Faucette, Nell; Patterson, Patricia
January 1990
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education;Jan1990, Vol. 9 Issue 2, p106
Academic Journal
This study compared the teaching behaviors of elementary physical education specialists with those of classroom teachers (nonspeciaiists) while teaching physical education classes. Additionally, data were collected on student activity levels to detect similarities or differences in classes taught by specialists versus nonspecialists. Four specialists and 7 nonspecialists were observed during a 3-month period using the Teacher Observation Schedule (Rushall, 1977). The group time-sampling technique, Placheck recording, was used to gather data on the students' levels of activity during the observed classes. It was found that specialists had significantly higher values in more effective teaching behaviors such as feedback/reward, questioning, and directing/explaining/informing, and significantly lower values in less effective teaching behaviors such as monitoring/attending. Additionally, there were significantly higher levels of activity for students in classes taught by specialists.


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