The Doctorate in Physical Education Teacher Education in the 21st Century: Contexts and Challenges

Ward, Phillip; Sutherland, Sue; Woods, Marianne L.; Boyce, B. Ann; Karp, Grace Goc; Judd, Michael; Parker, Melissa; Rikard, G. Linda; Sinclair, Christina
April 2011
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education;Apr2011, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p178
Academic Journal
In this paper, we situate the findings from the studies in this thematic issue within the current policy environment that influences the status, rankings, and funding contexts for doctoral programs in Physical Education Teacher Education within and across institutions. We identify common challenges that these doctoral programs are confronted with including the recruitment of doctoral students, the lack of diversity of faculty and students, the purpose of the doctoral degree, and core content knowledge for the degree. Throughout the discussion we provide questions and recommendations for the field to consider.


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