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Faculty Beliefs Concerning the Preparation of Physical Education Teacher Education Students for Appropriate Practices

Liana Davis


Teachers are expected to follow appropriate practices within their content areas. For physical education (PE) teachers, many of these practices are outlined in the Society of Health and Physical Educators’ (SHAPE America, 2009) Appropriate Instructional Practice Guidelines, K–12. This study examined the extent to which undergraduate physical education teacher education (PETE) programs are preparing their preservice PE teachers for implementing appropriate practices. PETE faculty (N = 124) across the United States responded to an electronic survey assessing their institutions’ current practices in the five constructs of Learning Environment, Instructional Strategies, Curriculum, Assessment, and Professionalism adapted from SHAPE America’s (2009) Appropriate Instructional Practice Guidelines, K–12. PETE faculty generally agree that their programs are preparing students to implement appropriate practices, particularly in the area of Instructional Strategies. PETE programs may wish to examine what they are doing to prepare their majors to implement appropriate practices and develop strategies to improve any areas of weakness, as these practices are indicators of high-quality physical education.

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appropriate practices; physical education teacher education; preservice physical education teachers; physical education teacher candidates; developmentally appropriate practices

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