5 research outputs found

    Self-reported and observed teaching styles of Swedish physical education teachers

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    Physical education scholars have identified a number of factors that affect how teachers translate policy into practice. It is becoming clear that to create learning experiences that reflect the intention of guiding documents, teachers need to employ appropriate teaching styles. The aim of this paper was to determine whether the teaching styles used by a group of PE teachers provide opportunities for students to meet objectives relating to creativity, problem solving, personal responsibility and independence. The first part of the investigation involved the use of a questionnaire based on Mosston and Ashworth’s Spectrum of Teaching Styles (Mosston, M., & Ashworth, S. (2002). Teaching physical education (5th ed.). Boston: Benjamin Cummings. (United States). The second part involved observations of six primary and middle school teachers’ physical education lessons. The results suggest that PE teachers may not use different pedagogies for different reasons. The paper is concluded with a consideration of how a teaching styles framework can help teachers to meet diverse curriculum objectives

    Physical education across the international media: a five-year analysis

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    The message of physical education (PE) has been one of a ‘contested ground’ with regular debate around its purpose, alongside conceptual confusions. A major channel of communication that strongly influences public perceptions is through mainstream media, yet how media platforms have reported on the PE profession has received a scarcity of research attention. The aim of this research was to investigate international media reporting of PE over a five-year period. To generate key concepts and themes emerging from the international PE media (English speaking), researchers conducted a Leximancer text mining analysis of media articles published via the Google News function between January 2013 and March 2018. A PE for health discourse was evident from across the international media reporting of PE with regular concepts and themes focused upon the ‘physical’ including activity, health, obesity, physical activity and exercise. It was also evident that there were clear links between the concept of ‘physical education’ with regulatory concepts such as ‘requirements, reporting and law’. Notable thematic absences related to how PE goals can be met through teaching, learning and programming. Unpacking conceptual and thematic insight into how the PE profession has been reported into the public sphere sheds light on key trends, discourses and influences that are being communicated to the public across global contexts