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Encounters in a marginalised subject: the experiential challenges faced by Tasmanian Health and Physical Education teachers


Cruickshank, V and Hyndman, B and Patterson, K and Kebble, P, Encounters in a marginalised subject: the experiential challenges faced by Tasmanian Health and Physical Education teachers, Australian Journal of Education pp. 1-17. ISSN 0004-9441 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2020 Australian Council for Educational Research

DOI: doi:10.1177/0004944120934964


Subjects such as Health and Physical Education (HPE) can be marginalised in schools because they are construed as less academically rigorous and less important to the primary mission of education. Teachers of all subjects face challenges, yet, teaching a marginalised subject can result in additional challenges for HPE teachers. Previous research has noted these challenges; however, less is known about how these challenges vary according to student age and teacher experience. This study used quantitative survey methods to ascertain which challenges are the most difficult for Australian HPE teachers, and whether this difficulty varies according to their teaching experience and the ages of their students. Findings indicated that the year level of students taught by HPE teachers was significantly associated with student engagement and isolation within their schools. Years of teaching experience was significantly associated with challenges in teaching students with special needs, with more experienced teachers rating this area as less of a challenge than less experienced teachers.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Physical Education teachers, marginalisation, teaching experience, student age, survey development, Rasch measurement, challenges
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Physical education and development curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teacher and instructor development
UTAS Author:Cruickshank, V (Dr Vaughan Cruickshank)
UTAS Author:Patterson, K (Dr Kira Patterson)
ID Code:140394
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2020-08-13
Last Modified:2021-08-25

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