Physical activity based professional development for teachers : the importance of whole school involvement

Till, Jude, Ferkins, Lesley and Handcock, Phil 2011, Physical activity based professional development for teachers : the importance of whole school involvement, Health education journal, vol. 70, no. 2, pp. 225-235, doi: 10.1177/0017896910396218.

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Title Physical activity based professional development for teachers : the importance of whole school involvement
Author(s) Till, Jude
Ferkins, Lesley
Handcock, Phil
Journal name Health education journal
Volume number 70
Issue number 2
Start page 225
End page 235
Publisher Sage Publicaltions Ltd
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2011-06
ISSN 0017-8969
Keyword(s) physical activity
primary schools
professional development
Summary Objective: This study sought to investigate teachers’ perceptions of a physical activity-related professional development intervention.
Design: Interview-based qualitative approach founded on the interpretive paradigm.
Setting: Purposive selection of one high-rated independent, and one low-rated public primary school from Auckland, New Zealand.
Method: A qualitative approach was used, incorporating a questionnaire used for purposive sampling and a total of eighteen semi-structured interviews with six teachers from two primary schools.
Results: Participants highly valued the inclusion of all teachers in onsite professional development and felt supported by a strong, positive organizational culture.
Conclusion: Participant teachers believed physical activity played an important role within the school setting, and recognized their role in the provision of opportunities for their students. However, they did not necessarily feel confident and competent to facilitate opportunities. A specific professional development intervention was introduced as one form of support to address this need. Teachers valued first-hand experience of professional development and reported particular enjoyment if they participated alongside their colleagues.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0017896910396218
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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