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Training for coaching or teaching: a challenge for Swedish physical education teacher education
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Education, Language, and Teaching.
2010 (English)In: Sport Science Review, ISSN 2066-8732, E-ISSN 2069-7244, Vol. 19, no 1-2, p. 63-86Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Ever since the establishment of compulsory education in Sweden, competitive sports have had an important influence on the subject of physical education (PE) and Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE). In the latest curriculum of the subject of Physical Education, the name changed from Sports to Sport and Health indicating that health education should have a greater impact on the subject than before. Research and evaluation of the subject shows that activities related to competitive sports are the most frequent content during the lessons. It is also established by research that PE teacher educators share the value and norms of competitive sports, e.g. the necessity of using the body as a tool for success in sport. The teacher education students have a background in competitive sports and are also more interested in an education in sports than in a teacher education. PETE as well as the subject of PE is seen as conservative and reproductive. It is likely to believe that the connection to competitive sports is part of that conservatism. In order to develop PETE and really implement the aims of the curriculum it could be valuable to take the PE trainees' opinions of their future profession as a point of departure, supporting them in the tasks they find difficult and challenging them in the tasks they find easy. 25 PE trainees at a teacher education in Sweden were asked what tasks they find easy and what tasks they find difficult in the PE teacher profession? The answers were interpreted with the help of Bernstein's theory of the concepts of ‘classification' and ‘framing' and ‘educational transmission'. The PE trainees' view of the PE teacher profession can be described as: "just and distinct with motivated pupils," meaning that if the teacher is just and distinct the pupils will be motivated. They drew a picture of a teacher more like a referee in a sport game than a modern teacher. Can PETE challenge this picture and support the trainees' to build a PE teacher identity that is more in line with a skilled modern teacher. Can such an effort even be valuable for the leaders in competitive sports?

Abstract [sv]

Idrottsämnet i den svenska skolan såväl som idrottslärarutbildningen har sedan grundskolans införande influerats av tävlingsidrotten. Detta inflytande kvarstår trots namnet Idrott och hälsa vilket visar på att hälsa borde vara en betydande del av ämnett Forskning visar också idrottslärarstuderande är mer intresserade av att få syssla med idrott under utbildningen än att bli lärare och idrottsintresset delar de med lärarutbildarna. I syfte att utveckla utbildnngen av lärare i ämnet Idrott och hälsa gjordes en studie där 25 idrottsärarstudenter fick svara på frågan om vad de såg som som lätta respektive svåra uppgifter i sitt framtida yrke. SVaren analyserades med hjälp av Basil Bernsteins begrepp klassifikation inramning och överförande av kunskap (transmisson of knowledge). Resultatet visar att studenterna har en föreställning att en idrottslärare ska vara rättvis och tydlig, en föreställning som mer överensstämmer med en tävlingsdomare än en modern lärare. Den föreställningen ifrågasätts inte ens av de studenter som ser det som en svår uppgift. En svår uppgifter för alla studenter är att aktivera elever som inte är motiverade att delta i idrottsundervisningen. Kan utbildningen utmana dessa föreställningar och utbilda en lärare som kan skapa mellanmänskliga möten snarare än uppträda som en domare och stödja studenterna i sin strävan att möta omotiverade eleverna? Det är en utmaning för lärarutbildningen.

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2010. Vol. 19, no 1-2, p. 63-86
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-7451Local ID: 5d4dfb90-5c13-11df-ab16-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-7451DiVA, id: diva2:980340
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Godkänd; 2010; 20100510 (inka)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2017-11-24Bibliographically approved

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