A Crisis of Confidence and Leadership: Key Challenges for Physical Education Teacher Education


There is a widely shared view globally that we need to improve teacher education to meet the challenges of the 21st century. In Europe, as in the southern hemisphere, teacher education is viewed as a major policy lever to improve school and teacher quality. Those engaged in Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) programmes are not immune to the impact of these policy agendas. Many academics delivering PETE programmes are not seen as key teacher education program players at their universities, nor has their doctoral training been as teacher educators.

Professor O’Sullivan will discuss key challenges for PETE, including its differentiation as a field of study, the intensification of the research audit culture of universities, and the practicum turn in teacher education with increasing expectations for Physical Education teachers as teacher educators. Professor O’Sullivan will explore the crisis of confidence and/or leadership in PETE and implications for the field and for Physical Education in schools.

This lecture is hosted in partnership with the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) Victoria.

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