Learning to Teach Physical Education in the Secondary School: A companion to school experience, 4th Edition (Hardback) book cover

Learning to Teach Physical Education in the Secondary School

A companion to school experience, 4th Edition

Edited by Susan Capel, Margaret Whitehead


334 pages | 22 B/W Illus.

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Praise for previous editions:

'A wealth of advice on generic aspects of teaching and learning in Physical Education …The accessibility of the text, and constant reference to ways of adapting suggestions to different situations, make this book particularly "user-friendly" and suitable for student-teachers in diverse settings' – European Physical Education Review

‘Essential reading for teachers who pride themselves on being "critically reflective"' – Times Educational Supplement

The fourth edition of Learning to Teach Physical Education in the Secondary School has been revised and updated in light of the latest research evidence and practice in relation to teaching and learning, and changes in policy and practice within initial teacher education.  Key topics covered include:

  • Starting out as a teacher
  • Planning and evaluation for effective learning and teaching
  • Communication in PE
  • Lesson organisation and management
  • Motivating pupils for learning in PENEW
  • Assessment for and of learning
  • Inclusive approaches to teaching PE
  • Learner-centred teaching and physical literacyNEW
  • Teaching safely and safety in PE
  • Accredited Qualifications in PE
  • Teacher beliefsNEW
  • Developing your own knowledge, skills and understandingNEW

This core text guides you to become competent in basic teaching skills, enabling you to cope in a wide range of teaching situations. It emphasises the development of your own professional judgement, your ability to reflect critically on what you are doing, and on your beliefs about teaching PE. 

Written with university and school-based initial teacher education in mind, Learning to Teach Physical Education in the Secondary School is an essential source of support and guidance for all student teachers of PE embarking on the challenging journey to becoming an effective, successful teacher.

Table of Contents


1 Starting out as a PE teacher Susan Capel

2 Aims of PE Margaret Whitehead

3 How planning and evaluation supports effective learning and teaching Jackie Arthur and Susan Capel

4 Observation in PE Maggie Killingbeck and Margaret Whitehead 5 Communication in PE Paula Zwozdiak-Myers

6 Lesson organisation and management Julia Lawrence and Margaret Whitehead

7 Motivation Kevin Morgan, Dan Milton and Julia Longville

8 Developing and maintaining an effective learning environment Kerry Whitehouse, Lerverne Barber and Vanessa Jones

9 Assessment for and of learning in PE Angela Newton and Mark Bowler

10 Planning for an inclusive approach to teaching and learning Phil Vickerman, Barbara Walsh and Julie Money

11 Learner-centred teaching – a physical literacy perspective Margaret Whitehead

12 Teaching safely and safety in PE Anne Chappell

13 Designing teaching approaches to achieve intended learning outcomes Richard Blair with Margaret Whitehead

14 Accredited qualifications and principles of classroom teaching Elizabeth Myers and Stuart Taylor

15 Teacher as a Researcher/Reflective Practitioner Paula Zwozdiak-Myers

16 Teacher beliefs Suzie EverleyandMichelle Flemons

17 Beyond your teacher education Gill Golder and Julie Stevens

18 Developing your knowledge, skills and understanding for teaching PE Susan Capel and Margaret Whitehead

About the Editors

Susan Capel is Professor of Physical Education at Brunel University, UK.

Margaret Whitehead is a physical education consultant and a visiting professor at the University of Bedfordshire, UK, and an adjunct professor at the University of Canberra, Australia.

About the Series

Learning to Teach Subjects in the Secondary School Series

Designed for all students learning to teach in secondary schools, and particularly those on school-based initial teacher education courses, the books in this series complement Learning to Teach in the Secondary School and its companion, Starting to Teach in the Secondary School.  Each book in the series applies underpinning theory and addresses practical issues to support students in school and in the training institution in learning how to teach a particular subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Curricula
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / General