Using the theoretical framework of occupational socialization, the purpose of this study was to examine preservice physical education teachers’ beliefs and values of teachers and teaching through analysis and interpretation of favorite teacher narratives. One hundred and eighty six preservice physical education teachers’ narratives were collected and analyzed using open and axial coding (Corbin & Strauss, 2008). The qualities and characteristics identified through analysis were organized into seven inclusive sub-categories of favorite teacher characteristics and abilities and were articulated into three central themes, described as Pay it Forward, Caring in Teaching, and Motivated to Learn. The findings suggest that understanding favorite teacher influences on preservice teachers provides insights into maximizing the impact of physical education teacher education programs.
Caring, Physical Education, Preservice Teachers, Teacher Socialization, Qualitative Research
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Smith, M. A., & Schmidt, K. (2012). Teachers Are Making a Difference: Understanding the Influence of Favorite Teachers. The Qualitative Report, 17(18), 1-25. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol17/iss18/2