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An exploratory study of specialist and generalist teachers: predicting self efficacy in delivering primary physical education

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Breslin, Gavin, Hanna, Donncha, Lowry , Ruth, McKee, David, McMullan, Karen, Haughey, Tandy and Moore, Nicole (2012) An exploratory study of specialist and generalist teachers: predicting self efficacy in delivering primary physical education. Working Papers in Health Sciences, 1 . pp. 1-9. [Journal article]

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Abstract

We aimed to determine whether primary school teachers’ motivational regulations to exercise and self efficacy in delivering a physical education (PE) lesson are different based on prior PE training. Two groups of qualified primary school teachers were recruited; PE specialists and a group of generalist primary school teachers who also teach PE. All teachers completed the Behavioural Regulation in Exercise Questionnaire-2, International Physical Activity Questionnaire and the Teachers’ Sense of Efficacy Scale. PE specialists demonstrated significantly higher levels of intrinsic motivation towards exercise participation and took part in more physical activity in comparison to the generalist teachers. Regression analysis showed that being a PE specialist predicted higher scores in instructional strategies and classroom management in PE. Our findings support the useof Self Determination Theory concepts in understanding teacher’s exercise participation motivations. These findings have implications for the modelling role of teachers in encouraging children to be physically active.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > Ulster Sports Academy
Research Institutes and Groups:Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Sports Science and Sports Medicine
ID Code:24182
Deposited By:Dr Gavin Breslin
Deposited On:23 Nov 2012 11:44
Last Modified:23 Nov 2012 11:44

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