The relationship between qualified personnel and self-reported implementation of recommended physical education practices and programs in U.S. schools

Division of Adolescent and School Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA.
Research quarterly for exercise and sport (Impact Factor: 1.57). 07/2005; 76(2):202-11. DOI: 10.1080/02701367.2005.10599281
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The authors analyzed data from the School Health Policies and Programs Study 2000 to assess the associations between the presence of a district physical education coordinator and district-level physical education policies and practices recommended by federal government agencies and national organizations. The authors also examined the relationship between teacher qualifications and staff development related to physical education and self-reported implementation of recommended teachingpractices. District-level data were collected by self-administered mail questionnaires from a nationally representative sample of school districts. Classroom-level data were collected by computer-assisted personal interviews with teachers of randomly selected classes in elementary schools and randomly selected required physical education courses in middle/junior high and senior high schools. Nearly two thirds (62.2%) of districts had a physical education coordinator, and those were generally more likely than other districts to report having policies and practices that corresponded with national recommendations for high-quality physical education programs. More than two thirds of teachers (66.9%) met the criteria for teacher qualifications based on their education and certification. These teachers were more likely than others to report use of certain recommended physical education teaching practices. Teachers who participated in staff development also were more likely to use recommended teaching practices in their classrooms. Using a district physical education coordinator and teachers with appropriate qualifications as well as offering staff development opportunities on physical education may enhance school physical education programs.

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    • "DeCorby et al., 2005; Malina et al., 2004; Sallis et al., 1997) have highlighted the importance of children being taught by PE specialists, citing higher levels of motor performance, physical activity levels, fitness, academic achievement and adherence to physical activity throughout adolescence as some key outcomes. According to Davis et al. (2004), qualified PE personnel are more likely to use recommended teaching practices and achieve programme outcomes than nonqualified personnel. If there were so many non-PE specialists teaching PE in the primary schools, the question is whether the children's holistic development through PE is being adequately addressed. "
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