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Section IV: Teachers, Teaching and Teacher Education in Physical Education

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Teachers, Teaching and Teacher Education in Physical Education
Teachers, teaching and teacher education in physical education
Introduction to Section IV

Teachers and teacher educators internationally have come under enormous scrutiny in recent years. Numerous reports have highlighted the failure of students to thrive and achieve in schools, as measured by a series of standardized achievement tests. These failures, regardless of their veracity, have been attributed in part to poor teaching and teacher education programs that fail to prepare teachers for the realities and challenges of contemporary schools.

In similar fashion, reports documenting physical activity and nutrition levels of children have suggested that poor quality physical education experiences are partly responsible for what some have called a rising tide of overweight and inactive youth around the world. Recent ...

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