Using Self-Study to Develop a Pedagogy of Elementary Teacher Education: Addressing the Specialist-Generalist Issue

Part of the Self-Study of Teaching and Teacher Education Practices book series (STEP, volume 12)


In this chapter, I use self-study methods to analyze my assumptions and practices for teaching elementary teacher candidates about teaching physical education and to explore the development of my pedagogy of elementary teacher education. The prior physical education experiences of elementary teacher candidates revealed the need for me to disrupt my own pedagogies of physical education that, in many ways, perpetuated some teacher candidates’ negative prior experiences and did little to challenge practices rooted in traditional and often exclusionary types of practice. My pedagogy of elementary teacher education is now underpinned by developing a sense of community in the classroom, fostering a positive vision for teaching elementary students, and modeling inclusive teaching practices.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Human Kinetics and RecreationMemorial University of NewfoundlandSt. John’sCanada

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