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Case Studies in Physical Education

Case Studies in Physical Education, Revised Edition, applies the case study method to the field of physical education, where it is an effective means for future teachers to explore challenging scenarios that they are likely to encounter in their careers. These engaging, reader-friendly case studies provide readers with concrete suggestions for connecting classroom theory with what actually happens in school. Theories and concepts concerning educational philosophy, methodology, curriculum, discipline, and assessment become more meaningful when explored in a case scenario in which the central characters confront situations that develop as a consequence of their or others' pedagogical choices. The cases in this book also promote critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Each case is followed by questions that prompt readers to analyze the situation, formulate a plan of action to address the problem, and anticipate and evaluate the potential consequences of the plan's implementation. In small groups, individually, or as a whole class, readers can explore and debate their strategies for addressing the issues. Readers will learn there is no one right answer to situations that can occur in the education environment. They will develop their communication skills as they learn to articulate and defend a plan of action to address the situation, and they will also learn the importance of collaborating with colleagues as they listen to and learn from the ideas of others. These cases were prepared by 36 experienced physical educators (from the elementary, secondary, and university levels)who collaborated in teams to create cases based on their collective, real-life experiences. As a result, the cases take place in a variety of contexts: in elementary, middle, and high schools; in urban, suburban, rural schools; and in wealthy and needy districts. They present a variety of issues encountered in schools today, including issues related to teaching methods, classroom management, multicultural education, classroom assessment, inclusion, relations with co-workers, marginalization of physical education, and gender equity. As in real life, each case raises a number of related issues that stimulate further discussion or provide opportunities for assignments. This revised edition contains the same proven, effective case studies as in the first edition while incorporating minor updating throughout to reflect changes in technology and society since its original publication.
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Introduction: Using Case Methods to Explore Teaching and Learning Case 1 Co-worker Conflict I Case 2 Team Leadership Case 3 Evaluation Case 4 Role Conflict Case 5 Discipline Case 6 Inclusion I Case 7 Resistance to Change Case 8 Toward Collaboration Case 9 English Learners Case 10 Marginalization of P.E. Case 11 Coworker Conflict II Case 12 Traveling Teacher Case 13 Inclusion II Case 14 Urban Challenge Case 15 Gender Equity Case 16 Cooperative Teacher Relationship


"I love the studies themselves and the questions for teaching and learning. We will be using this book to open up the eyes of our future professionals." Karen Marley, Colorado State University - Pueblo, US "If you have long looked for a way to bring the gymnasium into the classroom for critical issue discussions, this is a textbook for you. One of the difficult aspects of teacher training is trying to place students in a setting where relevant issues come alive and seem real. Case studies have been used in the past, but rarely have offered the requisite depth and feeling to make them realistic. Stroot and her collaborators have assembled a wide variety of case studies that are well written and carefully crafted. These studies focus carefully on problems that have long been "hotspots" in our profession. For example, topics such as role conflict, discipline, inclusion, teacher resisting change, and marginalization of physical education have long troubled many teachers regardless of their experience ... If you want a text that will encourage your students to think and reflect, I recommend this one. Prepare for some quality reflection!" Robert P. Pangrazi, Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University, US "Great stuff! Well written with great contemporary concepts and wonderful ideas for all levels of physical education enthusiasts." Bob Nutgrass, Simpson College, Iowa, US "After using Case Studies in Physical Education as a supplementary text for my lectures and discussions in my courses for a year or so, I found it to be most helpful in sparking dialogue among my students. Therefore, I have decided to adopt it as a required text for future courses and have no doubt that it will prove to be most beneficial." Lance Bryant, Arkansas State University, US

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