‘You have to find your slant, your groove:’ one physical education teacher's efforts to employ transformative pedagogy

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Lynch, S. and Curtner-Smith, M. 2019. ‘You have to find your slant, your groove:’ one physical education teacher's efforts to employ transformative pedagogy. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy. 24 (4), pp. 359-372.
AuthorsLynch, S. and Curtner-Smith, M.
Abstract

Background: Teaching for social good and inequity has been presented as needed in sport pedagogy research. However, very little is known how transformative pedagogical practices that teach for social good are implemented and sustained at the elementary level.

Purpose: This digital ethnographic study sought to describe one elementary school physical education (PE) teacher's attempt to employ transformative pedagogy (TP).

Method: Cochran-Smith's [1998. “Teaching for Social Change: Toward a Grounded Theory of Teacher Education.” In The International Handbook of Educational Change, edited by A. Hargreaves, A. Lieberman, M. Fullan, and D. Hopkins, 916–952. Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2004. Walking the Road: Race, Diversity, and Social Justice in Teacher Education. New York: Teachers College Press] pedagogical principles for social justice education (SJE) drove our data collection and analysis. Seven qualitative methods were employed to collect data about Harry's pedagogies, organizational structures, and the content he taught. These were formal and informal interviews, conversations, short films, document collection, social media accounts, and an electronic journal. Data were analyzed using both inductive and deductive methods [Patton 2015. Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods. 4th ed. Thousand Oaks: Sage].

Findings: Harry's TP and the factors that facilitated and limited his practice were uncovered within five main themes: (a) creating communities of learners through restorative practice principles, (b) building on what students bring to school with them for a democratic curriculum, (c) teaching skills, bridging gaps, and the affective component, (d), working with communities in-between social justice illiteracy, and (e) utilizing diverse forms of assessment.

Conclusion: We confirmed that there is no best way to teach social justice through PE and that TP must be individual to the teacher. In addition, this study highlighted methods and pedagogies by which teachers could engage in TP. Finally, the study's findings implied how teacher educators might go about working with both preservice and inservice PE teachers with the goal that they focus on facilitating social justice through their pedagogical approach.

JournalPhysical Education and Sport Pedagogy
Journal citation24 (4), pp. 359-372
ISSN1740-8989
Year2019
PublisherTaylor & Francis for Association for Physical Education
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/17408989.2019.1592146
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1080/17408989.2019.1592146
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Online11 Mar 2019
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Accepted14 Feb 2019
Deposited24 Jun 2019
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Copyright informationThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy on 11/03/2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17408989.2019.1592146.
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