ERIC Number: EJ733319
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul
Nonspecialist, Preservice Primary-School Teachers: Predicting Intentions to Teach Physical Education
Faulkner, Guy; Reeves, Colin; Chedzoy, Sue
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, v23 n3 p200-215 Jul 2004
The purpose of this study was to establish the utility of the theory of planned behavior in predicting nonspecialist, preservice primary-school teachers' intentions to teach physical education for 2 hr per week. A questionnaire was developed according to the recommended procedures and was administered to 128 final-year teacher trainees in two primary-teacher training courses in England. A variety of predictors were identified including: beliefs of significant others, such as parents; a positive assessment of control over difficult barriers; and experiences of past (teaching) behavior. The most significant predictor in discriminating between intenders and nonintenders, however, was personal exercise behavior. Helping preservice primary-school teachers become more physically active themselves might positively influence their intentions to teach physical education 2 hr per week more than alleviating barriers to teaching physical education.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physical Education, Preservice Teachers, Intention, Questionnaires, Preservice Teacher Education, Predictor Variables, Exercise, Elementary School Teachers, Behavior Theories, Student Teacher Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)