There is now a widespread expectation that teachers and coaches should be reflective practitioners, an expectation written into national standards of education in many countries. This innovative book introduces the methods by which teachers and coaches can conduct research into their own professional practice and therefore become more effective reflective practitioners, improving their students’ learning as a result.
As the only book on practitioner research that focuses specifically on the unique challenges of working in a physical education or youth sport environment, it uses real-life case studies and applied practical examples to guide the reader through the research process step-by-step. Examining the what, why and how of four key research methods in particular – action research, narrative enquiry, autoethnography and self-study – it provides an expert analysis of the strengths and limitations of each method and demonstrates how conducting reflective research can produce tangible results in improving both teaching and learning.
This is an invaluable resource for all those interested in enhancing their professional development as students, practitioners or researchers of physical education and youth sport.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Professor Kathy Armour
1. Taking Practitioner Research onto the Field
2. Action Research
3. Narrative Inquiry
5. Self-study of Practice
6. Using Action Research to Promote Learning in the Affective Domain
7. Using Narrative Inquiry in Physical Education and Youth Sport: Reflecting on Process
8. Using Autoethnography to Explore a Culture of School Sport
9. Using Self-study of Practice to Examine Pedagogies that Promote Meaningful Participation
10. Acknowledging Bias
11. Ethical Responsibilities of Being a Practitioner Researcher
12. Aligning Beliefs and Actions
13. Overview of Practitioner Research
Ashley Casey is a Senior Lecturer in Pedagogy at Loughborough University, UK
Tim Fletcher is an Associate Professor in Physical Education at Brock University, Canada
Lee Schaefer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at McGill University, Canada.
Doug Gleddie is Associate Professor in the Department of Elementary Education at the University of Alberta, Canada