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Teachers' perception of the culture of physical education: Investigating the silences at Hana Primary School

Kim, J. and Taggart, A. (2004) Teachers' perception of the culture of physical education: Investigating the silences at Hana Primary School. Issues in Educational Research, 14 (1). pp. 69-84.

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The purpose of this study was to explore teachers' perceptions of physical education classes in an urban Korean primary school. Furthermore, this study tried to interpret how teachers' beliefs were reflected in their teaching. One primary school with seventeen teachers was selected as the site for a case study. Data were collected by participant observation, informal interviews and field notes. Inductive analysis was used to organise the data throughout the research process. Three factors emerged that characterised teachers' perceptions of physical education: the low status of the physical education program, teachers' disengagement with the subject matter, and their lack of pedagogical knowledge. It was concluded that primary school teachers have a very limited view of their responsibilities for implementing physical education programs and seem to be part of the sustainable silences ascribed to physical education classes in primary schools.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Institutes for Educational Research
Copyright: © 2004 Issues In Educational Research.
Publishers Website: http://www.iier.org.au/iier14/kim.html
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/24839
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