Self-reported and observed teaching styles of Swedish physical education teachers

SueSee, B. and Barker, D. M. (2018) Self-reported and observed teaching styles of Swedish physical education teachers. Curriculum Studies in Health and Physical Education. ISSN 2574-2981


Physical education scholars have identified a number of factors that affect how teachers translate policy into practice. It is becoming clear that to create learning experiences that reflect the intention of guiding documents, teachers need to employ appropriate teaching styles. The aim of this paper was to determine whether the teaching styles used by a group of PE teachers provide opportunities for students to meet objectives relating to creativity, problem solving, personal responsibility and independence. The first part of the investigation involved the use of a questionnaire based on Mosston and Ashworth’s Spectrum of Teaching Styles (Mosston, M., & Ashworth, S. (2002). Teaching physical education (5th ed.). Boston: Benjamin Cummings. (United States). The second part involved observations of six primary and middle school teachers’ physical education lessons. The results suggest that PE teachers may not use different pedagogies for different reasons. The paper is concluded with a consideration of how a teaching styles framework can help teachers to meet diverse curriculum objectives.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published online. Permanent restricted access to ArticleFirst version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2018 05:20
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2018 03:23
Uncontrolled Keywords: spectrum of teaching styles; Swedish curriculum; curriculum alignment; pedagogy
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130210 Physical Education and Development Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/25742981.2018.1552498

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