Teacher preparation for movement education: increasing pre-service teachers’ competence for working with young children

Serap Sevimli-Celik, James E. Johnson

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Abstract

This study explores pre-service teachers’ perceptions of movement education, the benefits they perceive from participating in a 12-week movement education module in a course on play, and the module’s effects on their confidence and competence in regard to incorporating movement into a curriculum. Findings suggest that the pre-service teachers achieved a deeper understanding of movement education and appreciated the module as a worthwhile professional growth experience. Specifically, they viewed the module as enabling them to build a new understanding of movement, to express themselves physically, to develop movement skills, to engage in social interactions, and to teach a variety of subjects using movement education principles. The study demonstrated that the module of this nature constitutes a useful educational tool for fostering the professional development of pre-service teachers in regard to their beliefs, attitudes, and skills pertaining to movement education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)274-288
Number of pages15
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education
Volume44
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 26 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education

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