American International Journal of Social Science

ISSN 2325-4149(Print), ISSN 2325-4165(Online) DIO: 10.30845/aijss

Exploring Teaching Effectiveness in Physical Education: The Experiences of Preservice Elementary School Teachers
Panos Constantinides

Elementary physical education in Cyprus is taught by classroom teachers, which makes the quality of the lesson questionable by physical education specialists. Therefore, the purpose of the study was to investigate teaching effectiveness in classes of preservice teachers, during their student teaching practice. For that purpose, 45 preservice teachers from a private university participated in this study. The students taught two physical education classes, which were videotaped. In addition, their lesson plans were collected, informal interviews were conducted and field notes were taken in the school settings. From data analysis, 3 main themes emerged: 1) The need for efficient time management, 2) The need to improve instructional and organizational components, 3) The need to offer feedback to all students. Furthermore, student teachers highlighted their difficulties in preparing and teaching elementary physical education, since this class is different than the others and it is taught in a totally different setting.

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