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

Gavin Breslin, Donncha Hanna, Ruth Lowry, David McKee, Karen McMullan, Tandy Haughey, Nicole Moore

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
JournalWorking Papers in Health Sciences
Volume1
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2012

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