Meaningful physical education pedagogies: Enacted, refined, and consolidated by novice and experienced teacher educators
By: Caitlin Price
As mentioned in the previous blog post, Tim and Déirdre used pedagogical principles that prioritized learning about meaningful physical education (LAMPE) within their own practice. To inform future engagement with these pedagogical principles they wanted to understand how other teacher educators might enact them in their Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) classes. Therefore, the focus of this pilot study was: What are novice and experienced teacher educator’s experiences of planning and enacting PETE classes using LAMPE pedagogies?
This presentation highlighted six experiences from planning and enacting the pedagogical principles of LAMPE in our PETE classes. One of the experiences involved responding to situations of delight as they arise. More specifically, I found that in my lessons using music was key in motivating my students at early times in the morning, and I often found the students asking me to put the music on during the lesson when they were playing. The literature review that was presented last year at the AIESEP Conference did not find much evidence of delight in the literature, and the LAMPE team has found it difficult to pin it down, therefore this work leads to at least one idea of how to foster delight. A key insight is that delight is difficult to plan for, but teachers can be aware of it and respond as it arises. Furthermore, another experience highlighted that social interaction was foundational to create meaningful experiences for students, and many of the other features of meaningful physical education stem from positive social interaction. If we did not know what students needed or if our students did not feel comfortable with each other, then fostering meaningful experiences for them would be quite difficult.
In the conclusion of the presentation, it was important to note that as this pilot study took place in mainly a games context, we hope to conduct future research using the pedagogical principles of LAMPE in other content areas such as, dance, gymnastics, etc. Feel free to visit the Presentations page to view the slides from this presentation to read about more of the experiences from planning and enacting the pedagogical principles of LAMPE in our PETE classes. Take care for now!