The Nature and Incorporation of CSPAP Learning Experiences in Physical Education Teacher Education: Accounts of Faculty From “Highly Effective” Programs

Authors

  • Collin A. Webster University of South Carolina
  • Laura Russ University of South Carolina
  • Liana Webster Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
  • Sergio Molina University of South Carolina
  • Heesu Lee University of South Carolina
  • Jason Cribbs University of South Carolina

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18666/TPE-2016-V73-I3-6339

Keywords:

Professional preparation, physical education teachers, classroom teachers, physical activity promotion

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine faculty accounts of the nature and incorporation of Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP) learning experiences for preservice physical education teachers (PPETs) in undergraduate physical education teacher education (PETE). Nine individuals employed as faculty members in different PETE programs were purposively selected to participate, based on a previous study in which the individuals had reported that their programs were “highly effective” in preparing PPETs for multiple CSPAP roles. A semi-structured interview was conducted with each participant to examine the nature of their programs’ CSPAP learning experiences for PPETs and the adjustments, catalysts, challenges, and goals that characterized the program change process to incorporate these experiences. Constant comparison analysis revealed that many of the CSPAP learning experiences were field-based. The adjustments programs made to incorporate CSPAP learning experiences included embedding such experiences into existing coursework or combining/removing existing courses to make room for CSPAP learning experiences. A wide range of catalysts, challenges, and goals pertaining to the program change process were evidenced in data. This study provides a glimpse of how PETE programs have responded to shifts in conceptions about the professional roles and responsibilities of physical education teachers in line with public health concerns.

Author Biographies

Collin A. Webster, University of South Carolina

Dr. Collin Webster is an associate professor in the Department of Physical Education and Athletic Training at the University of South Carolina.

Laura Russ, University of South Carolina

Laura Russ is a doctoral student in the Department of Physical Education and Athletic Training at the University of South Carolina.

Liana Webster, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Dr. Liana Webster is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi.

Sergio Molina, University of South Carolina

Sergio Molina is a doctoral student in the Department of Physical Education and Athletic Training at the University of South Carolina.

Heesu Lee, University of South Carolina

Heesu Lee is a doctoral student in the Department of Physical Education and Athletic Training at the University of South Carolina.

Jason Cribbs, University of South Carolina

Jason Cribbs is a doctoral student in the Department of Physical Education and Athletic Training at the University of South Carolina.

Published

2016-10-12

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