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What is the condition of the field of Physical Education? How is it adapted to the rise of kinesiology, sport and exercise science and human movement studies over the last thirty years? This Handbook provides an authoritative critical overview of the field and identifies future challenges and directions. The Handbook is divided in to six sections: Perspectives and Paradigms in Physical Education Research; Cross-disciplinary Contributions to Research Philosophy; Learning in Physical Education; Teaching Styles and Inclusive Pedagogies; Physical Education Curriculum; and Difference and Diversity in Physical Education.

Teachers' Beliefs
Teachers' beliefs

Over the last years, teachers' beliefs has become one of the most important concepts in teaching and teacher education (Calderhead, 1996; Pajares, 1992). In codifying and understanding the complexity of teaching, scholars have suggested that greater attention needs to be paid to the teachers' thoughts and actions and how they affect quality teaching (Borko and Putnam, 1996). A number of scholars have suggested that educational researchers need to shift their research focus from pedagogical strategies and teaching behaviors to the beliefs that prompt teachers to use these strategies and behaviors (Richardson, 1996). As Rovegno (2003) suggested “to understand good teaching, we need to hear teachers' voices and study what good teachers thought, knew, and believed” (p. 295).

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