Evaluation of classroom teachers’ confidence for teaching game and physical activity course


Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Faculty of Education, Department of Physical Education and Sports, Turkey

Approval Date: 2016

Student: NİLGÜN ULU

Supervisor: IRMAK HÜRMERİÇ ALTUNSÖZ

Abstract:

The main purpose of this study was to examine the level of classroom teachers’ confidence in teaching game and physical activity course. Their experiences in teaching game and physical activity course were investigated to understand their strengths and weaknesses. Three hundred twenty participants were participated in this study from Ankara, Çankaya. Their confidence level was determined by 6-point Likert scale which was created by Spittle (2011). In addition to release classroom teacher’s experiences 4 open-ended questions were asked to determine classroom teachers’ strengths and weaknesses related to this course. Quantitative data was analyzed by descriptive statistics, Multivariate Analysis of Variances and t-test. Content analysis method was used for open-ended questions. Results showed classroom teachers had low level of confidence because teacher’s mean scores pointed out ‘somewhat agree’ level according to Spittle’s scale (2011) when teaching game and physical activity course in elementary schools (M=4.00, SD=.95). The scale has two sub-dimensions; Management&Planning and Teaching Sport Skills. Classroom teacher’s management and planning skills higher than (M=4.24) teaching sport skills (M=3.23) in this study. There was no significant difference between males and females with regard to v classroom teacher’s confidence. It was found no significant difference in teachers confidence with regard to experience year and grade level of classroom teachers (p>0.05). Based on study, results showed a) classroom teachers couldn’t instruct the game and physical activity course regularly b) they did not have enough place to perform the course, c) they did not have enough material d) they couldn’t perform the course because of crowded classrooms.