A national profile of teacher education faculty: The construction of an online survey

Kim C. Graber, Heather Erwin, Amelia Mays Woods, Jesse Rhoades, Weimo Zhu

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Physical education teacher education faculty are responsible for educating the next generation of teachers. Despite their significant role, little is known about their characteristics, work preferences, or role responsibilities. The last comprehensive study undertaken to examine these variables was conducted approximately 25 years ago by Metzler and Freedman (1985). The purpose of the current investigation is to describe and validate an instrument for obtaining an updated comprehensive profile of physical education teacher education faculty in the United States. An online survey consisting of six sections was developed. To establish validity and confirm the psychometric quality of the instrument, test-retest was conducted with a subsample of 40 participants. In addition, Cronbach alpha analysis was conducted to provide support for the internal structure of the instrument. The survey accurately identifies and discriminates between the current characteristics and work responsibilities of today's teacher educators and facilitates comparison between teacher educators today to those who completed the survey nearly 25 years ago.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-256
Number of pages12
JournalMeasurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2011


  • Teacher educators
  • higher education
  • physical education teacher education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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