Training to teach physical education in a grammar school for boys: female narratives and mentor perspectives

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Stidder, Gary (2014) Training to teach physical education in a grammar school for boys: female narratives and mentor perspectives Sport, Education and Society, 19 (5). pp. 552-568. ISSN 1357-3322

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Abstract

This research examines the school-based training experiences of a female trainee teacher of physical education (Emily) at a grammar school for boys. The purpose of this research is to consider whether the sex of the trainee teacher either inhibits or advances the professional development of trainee teachers in an opposite-sex school. Emily provided a continuous commentary through narrative accounts of her professional development within an all-boys grammar school whilst undertaking the final stage of her statutory school-based training in southeast England through the use of an on-line journal which generated computer-mediated data. Emily highlighted her initial anxieties; the challenges she faced during the placement; and her overall perceptions of training to teach physical education in a grammar school for boys. A postplacement interview also provided additional data with regards to her professional development. Further evidence of Emily’s experiences and progress was provided by her mentor’s final report and through e-mail correspondence. The findings suggest that whilst the sex of the trainee is a contextual factor to consider in an opposite-sex school it does not inhibit the professional development of the trainee and has little relevance to training to teach physical education in an opposite-sex school.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sex; Physical education; Training; Teachers; Pupils; Pedagogy
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L311 Sport and Leisure
X000 Education
?? X141 ??
X000 Education > X500 National Curriculum > X520 Physical Education
X000 Education > X300 Education Studies
X000 Education > X990 Education not elsewhere classified
X000 Education > X200 Education Research
X000 Education > X500 National Curriculum
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1080/13573322.2012.690340
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2015 03:00
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2015 09:47
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/13237

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