Vol 8 No 1 (2019): Volume 8, Issue 1, Year 2019
Articles

Entering secondary physical education student- teachers’ expectations of their program of initial teacher education

Gary D Kinchin
Associate Professor of Physical Education, Southampton Education School, University of Southampton, Building 32, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, United Kingdom.
Published March 28, 2019
Keywords
  • Physical Education,
  • Student Teachers,
  • Expectations
How to Cite
Kinchin, G. D. (2019). Entering secondary physical education student- teachers’ expectations of their program of initial teacher education. International Journal of Physical Education, Fitness and Sports, 8(1), 85-94. https://doi.org/10.26524/ijpefs19111

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Abstract

The views and beliefs held by entering student teachers can be shaped by their expectations of teaching and initial teacher education. Whilst interest has investigated student teachers’ expectations little exists in physical education. This qualitative paper examines the entering expectations held by 24 PGCE secondary physical education student teachers. Informed by the published literature on student teacher expectations and the specific purposes of this study, data were collected from participants on the first day of their initial teacher education course in the form of an open-ended survey that included eleven items. Participants discussed a range of expectations related to course content, pedagogy, course structure and staffing responsibilities and contributions. Student teachers should be encouraged to explore their expectations and consider which specific elements align with initial preconceptions concerning their teacher education.

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