Action research in physical education: Focusing beyond myself through cooperative learning

Show simple item record Casey, A en Dyson, Benedict en Campbell, A en 2012-02-13T21:21:39Z en 2009 en
dc.identifier.citation Educational Action Research 17(3):407-423 Article number 18 2009 en
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dc.description.abstract This paper reports on the pedagogical changes that I experienced as a teacher engaged in an action research project in which I designed and implemented an indirect, developmentally appropriate and child‐centred approach to my teaching. There have been repeated calls to expunge – or at least rationalise – the use of traditional, teacher‐led practice in physical education. Yet despite the advocacy of many leading academics there is little evidence that such a change of approach is occurring. In my role as teacher‐as‐researcher I sought to implement a new pedagogical approach, in the form of cooperative learning, and bring about a positive change in the form of enhanced pupil learning. Data collection included a reflective journal, post‐teaching reflective analysis, pupil questionnaires, student interviews, document analysis, and non‐participant observations. The research team analysed the data using inductive analysis and constant comparison. Six themes emerged from the data: teaching and learning, reflections on cooperation, performance, time, teacher change, and social interaction. The paper argues that cooperative learning allowed me to place social and academic learning goals on an even footing, which in turn placed a focus on pupils’ understanding and improvement of skills in athletics alongside their interpersonal development. en
dc.publisher Educational Action Research en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Educational Action Research en
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dc.title Action research in physical education: Focusing beyond myself through cooperative learning en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/09650790903093508 en
pubs.issue 3 en
pubs.begin-page 407 en
pubs.volume 17 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Educational Action Research en
pubs.end-page 423 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 208937 en
pubs.number 18 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2011-04-15 en

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