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'Just do some physical activity': Exploring experiences of teaching physical education online during Covid-19

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posted on 2023-05-20, 22:38 authored by Vaughan CruickshankVaughan Cruickshank, Pill, S, Casey MainsbridgeCasey Mainsbridge
This study aimed to explore teacher experiences of online delivery of physical education (PE). Research has noted the use of blended learning and flipped classrooms in PE, yet little is known about the delivery of fully online school PE. The move to online teaching required by Covid-19 suppression measures in 2020 provided an opportunity to explore the delivery of PE online. Data was obtained from teachers forced to shift to online teaching delivery of primary school PE in one Australian state during 2020. Semistructured interviews occurred with 11 primary school PE specialist teachers providing qualitative data for analysis. The analysis of teachers’ experiences indicated that in most cases PE did not happen, rather, physical activity provision was initiated or PE was marginalised to a movement break between subjects with perceived higher status and priority. The importance of teacher-student connection to the teachers and inconsistency surrounding the use of online learning platforms emerged as concerns of the teachers. The results show that the move to online provision of PE resulted in diminished educative purpose.


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Issues in Educational Research








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Western Australian Institute for Educational Research Inc.

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Socio-economic Objectives

Primary education; Teacher and instructor development