Insideness and outsideness: an autoethnography of a primary physical education specialist teacher

Brooks, Caroline, and Dinan Thompson, Maree (2015) Insideness and outsideness: an autoethnography of a primary physical education specialist teacher. European Physical Education Review, 21 (3). pp. 325-339.

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to provide an authentic and legitimate voice to the physical education (PE) specialist teacher in the primary school and to give an insight into professional knowledge. An autoethnographic approach has been used to invite readers to enter my world of the primary PE specialist teacher and observe and respond to its social and cultural practices. Teacher professionalism as a cultural practice is defined, perceived and enacted in different ways over the three years I spent as a primary PE specialist teacher. The places and spaces in which primary PE operates are investigated using the conceptual framework of Relph's Place and Placelessness. I found myself both in and out of places and spaces that raised questions about the role of the primary PE specialist teacher, the issue of non-contact time in Queensland schools, the influence of performance cultures and the possibility (or not) for enacting an activist democratic professionalism.

Item ID: 42075
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: physical education, primary school, teacher professionalism, autoethnography
ISSN: 1741-2749
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2016 04:09
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130105 Primary Education (excl Maori) @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130210 Physical Education and Development Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930299 Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9304 School/Institution > 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions @ 50%
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