Physical education teachers' experiences with remote instruction during the initial phase of the COVID-19 pandemic

Kevin Mercier, Erin Centeio, Alex Garn, Heather Erwin, Risto Marttinen, John Foley

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Abstract

This study investigated physical education (PE) teachers' experiences with remote instruction in the United States during the initial outbreak of COVID-19. PE teachers (n = 4,362) from all 50 states completed a survey identifying their experiences with remote instruction in May, 2020. Survey responses were analyzed by geographic region, district type, and school level. Teachers reported having students submit assignments (51% yes), using video instruction (37% yes), being less effective when instructing remotely (20% yes), and emphasizing student outcomes focused on health-related fitness (32% yes), and physical activity value/ enjoyment (43% yes). Access to technology (40% yes) and required student assignments (43% yes) were lowest among teachers from the South. Rural teachers reported the least access to technology (37% yes) and rated themselves as least effective (24% yes). Secondary level teachers reported the highest percentage of required assignments (84% yes). Teachers' responses identify unique challenges to delivering equitable and effective remote PE instruction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-342
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Teaching in Physical Education
Volume40
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

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Keywords

  • Online teaching
  • Physical activity promotion
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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