Role Conflict In Physical Education

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Konukman’s article; Teacher-coach role conflict in school-based physical education in USA: A literature review and suggestions for the future is an important topic about role conflict for teachers and coaches is an important topic because many people are unsure of what the difference is between teaching and coaching. Most people assume that a physical education teacher is essentially a coach because in their classes the physical education teacher is teaching a sport or a sport skill and many laymen 's would associate a physical education teacher being a coach as well. The topic historically began before 1906 when there was a single purpose of physical education curriculum. The single purpose of the physical education curriculum was to increase …show more content…
Pagnano is a specialist that conducted an experiment of the differences between a physical education teacher and coach in ecological comparison. Pagnano observed a teacher teaching a softball unit in their physical education class and he also observed a softball on the high school level; this experiment was conducted simultaneously. The purpose of this experiment was to identify the similarities and differences. The experiment involved participants that were physical education students (n = 23), a varsity softball team (n = 15), and a male physical education teacher that was also a softball coach. Pagnano collected data using field strategies, interviews with teacher/coach and student athletes, and content development. This was experiment was performed during a 5-day softball unit in physical education and 12- week training program for softball athletes. The three major findings of Pagnano’s experiment were, the softball training was very rigorous in the sport setting as opposed to the setting in physical education. The physical education setting for softball was found to be more novice and not as strong. The second finding of Pagnano was there were significant differences in the type of tasks, repetition of tasks and opportunities to respond to an object in the context. The Coaching environment had higher more emphasis on skill and …show more content…
The author discusses withdrawing from one position that causes role conflict. As a solution to the physical education teacher removing themselves from one position, Sage suggested decreasing the time demands of one or both of the roles. Another suggestion the author offers is, physical education majors must be educated about the commitments that both roles would require. The author also discusses National Association of Sports and Physical Education’s (NASPE) national standards movement which began in 1994. This program began to establish a coaching identity and advocate for a strong quality of coaching education. The program developed standards and the main purpose of these standards was to provide direction to administrators, coaches, athletes, and the public about the skills and knowledge that coaches should possess. The National Association of Sports and Physical Education’s created 40 standards. These 40 standards are grouped into eights domains. The eight domains are still relevant today as to when they were created and when the article was published. However, the eight domains probably are more specific now as opposed to when they were

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