Knowledge, identity, and dilemmas of the self in physical education teacher education

Rossi, Tony (1998) Knowledge, identity, and dilemmas of the self in physical education teacher education. In Laws, Chris & Fisher, Richard (Eds.) International Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Sport and Dance, 8th European Congres, 5-9 July 1998, St. Mary’s University College, London.

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This study draws on an eclectic range of influences. The early research was guided by the traditions of Personal Construct Theory. The study was later extended by drawing on theoretical tenets of social constructionism and the notion of the Saturated Self and Anthony Gidden's work on structuration and his later work on self identity. This has provided a new way of investigating how becoming a PE teacher through constructed knowledge established a professional identity. The data suggest that during the process of constructing professional knowledge, the students forge their identities by establishing 'position' and 'role'. In doing so, the participants in this study experienced a series of dilemmas of professional self. These dilemmas are a product of what Giddens calls high modernity and what Gergen refers to as postmodernity. It seems that to become a PE teacher, the dilemmas must be worked through until a position of ontological security has been achieved. For some this was profoundly difficult. In spite of this, the methods of study allowed the participants to begin to articulate their theories and visions of teaching physical education, and the therapeutic qualities of Kelly's theory encouraged many of the students to 'see it differently' (Rossi, 1997) and to begin to develop a rationale for professional work in physical education based on socially just practices.

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ID Code: 85075
Item Type: Conference Item (Other)
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Personal Construct Theory, Physical Education, Teacher Education
DOI: 10.1080/1740898980030108
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Physical Education and Development Curriculum and Pedagogy (130210)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Deposited On: 01 Jul 2015 00:51
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2015 00:51

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