Changes in psychosocial perspectives among physical activity leaders: Teacher efficacy, work engagement, and affective commitment

Ann Pulling Kuhn, Aaron Beighle, Russell L. Carson, Darla M. Castelli

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Abstract

Purpose: This study examined changes in physical education teachers’ psychosocial perspectives after participating in a yearlong professional development about Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programming. Method: Twenty-three intervention teachers attended a workshop in Year 1 and received one academic year of technical assistance and mentorship, and 30 control teachers only attended a workshop in Year 2. Both groups completed pre- and post-self-reported measures on teacher efficacy, work engagement, and affective commitment. Results: At posttest, intervention teachers reported significantly higher levels of affective commitment, and a significant positive relationship was revealed between affective commitment and the degree to which before-school physical activity was implemented. More experienced teachers (>20 years) reported significantly higher levels of the work engagement subscale of vigor at posttest. Discussion/Conclusion: Participating in a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program professional development may positively influence teachers’ job commitment levels and invigorate more experienced teachers, which may relate to Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program implementation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)484-492
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Teaching in Physical Education
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Active Living Research program (I.D.: 69549), with in-kind support from the SHAPE America and the Louisiana Department of Education. Authors sincerely thank fellow task force members for creating the professional development system (Melanie Moore, Georgi Roberts, and Kimberly Ward); Allison Raguse for assisting with the training workshops and data collection process; all participating teachers; and advisory board members Michael Comeaux, Monica Lounsbery, and James Simmons.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 Human Kinetics, Inc.

Keywords

  • Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs
  • Professional development
  • Psychological variables

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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