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1st Edition

Research and Practice in Physical Education

ISBN 9780415698658
Published February 8, 2013 by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

Research findings in education can provide invaluable insight into how teaching practice can be improved, but research papers are often inaccessible and hard to digest. This innovative new text is designed to assist physical education students, pre-service teachers, practising teachers and teacher educators to learn how to read research and to apply it to practice in primary and secondary physical education. The text also provides insights and implications for those working with young people in physical activity and sport settings.

The book presents a clear, step-by-step guide to how to read and interpret research, followed by a series of short and engaging introductions to contemporary research studies on key topics in physical education, from classroom management and programme design to assessment and social issues. Each study is discussed from the point of view of researcher, teacher educator and primary and post primary teacher, providing the reader with invaluable insight into how to use research to generate new ideas and improve their teaching practice.

Research and Practice in Physical Education is the perfect companion to any course in research methods, current issues, learning and teaching, or pedagogy and curriculum in physical education.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Reading Research  Guidelines for Reading Research - A Commonsense View  Section I – Student Engagement and Experience  1. Individual and instructional determinants of student engagement in physical education  2. Physical education resources, class management and student physical activity levels  3. How can we enhance enjoyment of secondary school?  4. Measuring secondary pupils' disruptive behaviours in physical education  5. Social preferences for learning among adolescents in secondary physical education  Section II – Instruction, Learning and Assessment  6. Students and teacher responses to a unit of student-designed games  7. The gendering of abilities in physical education  8. Perceptions of middle school assessment  9. Student perception of caring teaching in physical education  10. Defining, acquiring, and transacting cultural capital through assessment in physical education  11. Students’ and teachers’ experiences of assessment for learning  Section III – Curriculum Models  12. The influence of student status on student interactions and experiences during a sport education unit  13. Influence of a hybrid sport education—teaching games for understanding unit  14. Measuring Students’ Perceptions of Personal and Social Responsibility and the Relationship to Intrinsic Motivation in Urban Physical Education  15. The role of various curriculum models on physical activity levels  16. Influence of occupational socialization on preservice teachers’ interpretation and delivery of the sport education modeol  17. Adventure-based learning and reflection  Section IV – Continuing Professional Development  18. Development and Maintenance of a Community of Practice  19. Professional development when introducing a novel curriculum model  20. Collaborative learning in physical education teachers’ early-career professional development  21. Collaborative professional learning: From theory to practice  22. Teacher professional development: Who is the learner?  Finding Different Ways to Make Research Serve Teaching   Annotated List of Selected Research Journals

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Deborah Tannehill taught post-primary physical education for ten years in the USA. She is currently Senior Lecturer in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences at the University of Limerick, Ireland. She is Course Director for the Professional Diploma in Education: Physical Education, and Co-Director of Physical Education, Physical Activity and Youth Sport (PE-PAYS) Research Centre. Her research interests include physical education teacher education, continuing professional development and communities of practice, and teaching physical education.

Ann MacPhail is Senior Lecturer and Head of Department in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences at the University of Limerick, Ireland. Ann's main teaching and research interests revolve around physical education, teacher education, methodological issues in working with young people and school physical education.

Ger Halbert has taught post-primary physical education, civic, social and political education (CSPE) and social, personal and health education (SPHE) for the past 21 years in Ireland. She currently works as an education officer with the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment in Ireland. She is part of a team who are supporting the introduction of the new junior cycle in second-level education.

Frances Murphy taught as a generalist primary teacher for 15 years. She is currently a Lecturer in Physical Education in the Education Department at St Patrick’s College, Ireland. Her research interests include the development of appropriate after-school programmes for children to promote increased levels of physical activity, motor skill development and social development.