Preparing Culturally Competent Teachers: Service-Learning and Physical Education Teacher Education

Domangue, Elizabeth; Carson, Russell Lee
July 2008
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education;Jul2008, Vol. 27 Issue 3, p347
Academic Journal
Following the devastation of hurricane Katrina, a university located in the southeastern United States created a service-learning program. This program was established so that physical education teacher education (PETE) students could provide physical activities to children living in a temporary, government-funded housing community. The purpose of this study was to investigate how the service-learning program shaped preservice teachers' cultural competency. The participants were 16 PETE students in a curriculum development course. A questionnaire was used to assess changes in the students' cultural competency. Reflective journals and interviews were qualitative data sources used to identify significant elements of the service-learning program that elicited thoughts about the role of cultural competency in teaching. Findings revealed that there were changes in cultural competency. Triangulation of the data suggested that the service-learning participants identified consistent engagement, exposure to another culture, and an engaged instructor as key contributors to cultural competency within the service-learning program.


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