Physical education teachers' metaphors of teaching and learning

Stylianou, Michalis, Kulinna, Pamela Hodges, Cothran, Donetta and Kwon, Ja Youn (2013) Physical education teachers' metaphors of teaching and learning. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 32 1: 22-45.

Author Stylianou, Michalis
Kulinna, Pamela Hodges
Cothran, Donetta
Kwon, Ja Youn
Title Physical education teachers' metaphors of teaching and learning
Journal name Journal of Teaching in Physical Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0273-5024
Publication date 2013-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 32
Issue 1
Start page 22
End page 45
Total pages 24
Place of publication Champaign, IL, United States
Publisher Human Kinetics
Language eng
Abstract This study was informed by the literature on teaching metaphors and the theory of occupational socialization. Its purpose was to examine in-service Physical Education teachers' initial (before entering the profession), current, and ideal metaphors of teaching, related factors, and potential differences in participants' metaphors based on their teaching experience. A mixed-methods approach was employed for this study, including a modified version of an existing survey (N = 66; Alger, 2009) and interviews (N = 13). Descriptive statistics indicated that while participants predominantly embraced teacher-centered metaphors initially, about half of them reported their current and ideal metaphors as student-centered. Constant comparison and analytic induction techniques revealed three themes and several subthemes: (a) fluidity (own definitions, combination of metaphors), (b) formation of initial views of teaching (acculturation, professional socialization), and (c) evolutionary forces and constraints (experience, pressure of test scores, time allocation, resources). These results have implications both for preservice and in-service teacher education programs.
Keyword Teacher beliefs
Teaching metaphors
Conceptualization of teaching and learning
Sport Education
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences Publications
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