Future Teachers’ Perceptions of an Elementary Physical Education Practicum Experience

Lance G. Bryant, Jim L. Stillwell, Brandi Nichols

Abstract

Understanding future teachers’ (FT) perceptions of their practicum experiences could prove insightful for physical education teacher education (PETE) programs. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine FTs’ perceptions of the practicum experience to determine areas of concern in an effort to better prepare those individuals entering the physical education teaching profession. Participants were 8 FTs entering their practicum. Data were collected through (a) quantitative methods (questionnaires) and (b) qualitative methods (interviews & weekly journals). Results indicated an increase of confidence in areas of content knowledge, rapport with pupils and maintaining high-quality socialization with faculty, but indicated a decline in perceptions of preparation and classroom management.

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