Using Van Manen's model to assess levels of reflectivity among preservice physical education teachers

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Title: Using Van Manen's model to assess levels of reflectivity among preservice physical education teachers
Author: Ballard, Kristy Kay
Abstract: The intent of this study was two -fold . The first purpose was to apply Van Manen's model to specific strategies (i .e . , written assignments ) and supervisory practices (i .e . , interviews ) to examine levels of reflectivity demonstrated and if there were any changes in the reflectivity of student teachers throughout a student teaching period . The second purpose was to assess the applicability of Van Manen's model to a preservice physical education setting . Five physical education majors enrolled in a student teaching experience volunteered to participate . Five weekly web -based written assignments were selected and analyzed using Van Manen's model of reflection . In addition , two interviews were audiotaped , transcribed , and subjected to thematic analysis techniques . Using Naturalistic Inquiry as a method of analysis suggests that utilizing supervisory approaches , written assignments , and reflective teaching can foster important changes in reflectivity levels which encourage reflective thinking in physical education student teachers . Increased levels of sophistication among the participants as the semester progressed were noted and may be attributed to a developmental effect similar to Fuller's Concerns Theory . The results also support Pultorak's (1993 ) assertion that students can increase reflective thinking when fostered and encouraged in preservice programs . This study combines available resources (i .e . , technology , supervisors ) with Van Manen's model to assess reflectivity levels in a physical education setting . Findings indicate that Van Manen's model can be used objectively in a physical education setting and can be utilized in applying a quantitative measure to qualitative responses .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /4373
Date: 2006-10-30

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Using Van Manen's model to assess levels of reflectivity among preservice physical education teachers. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /4373 .

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