Favoritism, physical education, appropriate practices
Having a teacher show interest or concern may greatly influence, and encourage student learning; as well as fostering life-long positive behaviors, attitudes, and self-esteem. However, it is noted teachers have a tendency to select ‘favorites’ among their students (Cooper & Good, 1983; Tal & Babad, 1990; Aydogen, 2008); with physical education not immune to this practice. Thus, the purpose of this study was to better understand individual’s (i.e., former students in k-12 physical education) perspectives regarding their reflective experiences of teacher favoritism in physical education during their time in school physical education. Participants were 318 college-aged students from a private university located in the western United States, utilizing a 13-question survey instrument. Data analyses, particularly participant qualitative responses, revealed favoritism in PE was common and viewed negatively by students through a negative lens. The results from this study should give current physical educators pause to reflect on their teaching behaviors.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Barney, David C.; Pleban, Francis Dr.; and Dodd, Amelia, "Favoritism in the Physical Education Classroom: Selected Reflective Experiences" (2018). All Faculty Publications. 2650.
David O. McKay School of Education
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