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Concerns of the Novice Physical Education Teacher

Evelyn J. Gordon


The purpose of this case study was to examine novice physical education teachers in the first and second year of teaching. Participants included two novice physical education teachers, John in Year 1 and Mark in Year 2. Methodology included observations, semistructured interviews, and documents. Data were analyzed using open coding and constant comparison methods. The two themes that emerged from the analysis included teacher development and concerns with classroom management, procedures, and safety. Using Fuller’s (1969) classification of new teacher concerns, the participants exhibited “self-concerns” and “student concerns.” Although both the participants in the study displayed similar concerns as other classroom teachers (e.g., classroom management, procedures, and safety), there were differences in how these concerns were implemented.


pedagogy; physical education; self-focused; student-focused; teacher preparation

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