Search Chair and Physical Education Teacher Perceptions About Filling PETE Positions

Woods, Marianne; Karp, Grace Goc; Judd, Michael R.
April 2011
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education;Apr2011, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p129
Academic Journal
Given recent evidence that a shortage of qualified candidates for PETE positions exists (Boyce & Rikard, 2008; Woods, Goc Karp, & Feltz, 2003), this dual purposed study was designed to examine the nature of and possible factors that may contribute to that shortage. The first purpose was to examine the results of searches from the perspectives of search chairs for PETE positions posted during the 2007-08 academic year. The second purpose was to determine K- 12 teachers' perceptions about pursuing advanced degrees and careers in PETE. Search chairs highlighted low numbers of qualified applicants and the need for strategies that improve the recruitment of individuals to choose PETE doctoral studies. The majority of teachers (52%) reported aspirations to continue their careers teaching at the K-12 level instead of pursuing teaching in higher education. Suggestions for policy reexamination in PETE doctoral programs related to hiring and recruitment are provided.


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