Physical Education Teacher Education Majors’ Perceptions and Opinions of Social Skills in Physical Education Class


  • David C. Barney Brigham Young University
  • Corbin Stringham Brigham Young University
  • Keven A. Prusak Brigham Young University



Social Skills, Physical Education, Appropriate Practices


The world requires that people interact with those they work with, live with, and play with. Because of these interactions with others, it is important that people exhibit proper social skills to get along and be successful in everyday activities. Within an educational context physical education (PE) class is a prime place for students to learn social skills and interact with classmates and their teachers properly. Research has been conducted in the context of PE with populations of K–12 students and PE teachers. Yet there is a paucity of research with physical education teacher education (PETE) majors regarding social skills in PE class. Thus, the purpose of this study was to investigate PETE majors’ perceptions and opinions of social skills in PE. For this study, 30 PETE majors (5 males, 25 females) from a private university in the Western United States were surveyed regarding their perceptions and opinions of social skills in PE class. It was generally found that PETE majors feel they will play an important part in teaching students’ proper social skills, sportsmanship is an important aspect in PE class, and PE class is a great context in which to teach social skills compared to other content areas.

Author Biographies

David C. Barney, Brigham Young University

Barney has been in higher education since 2001.  He has taught at North Dakota State University, Oklahoma State University, and Brigham Young University.  He taught in the Utah and Florida  public school systems for 6 years.

Corbin Stringham, Brigham Young University

Stringham is a graduate student in the Department of Teacher Education at Brigham Young University.

Keven A. Prusak, Brigham Young University

Keven is an associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Brigham Young University.