The effectiveness of physical education continuing professional development for primary school teachers in Cyprus

Hadjimatheou, Anastasia (2017). The effectiveness of physical education continuing professional development for primary school teachers in Cyprus. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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The aim of this study was to explore Cypriot primary school teachers' views on and experiences of effective and ineffective Physical Education Continuing Professional Development (PE-CPD) provision. Extensive qualitative data were collected to ensure a deep understanding of the issues from the perspectives of Cypriot teachers. Methods used were an open-ended survey distributed to all public primary schools, and interviews and focus groups with teachers and CPD providers. The survey was sent to all primary school teachers responsible for PE in Cyprus. In addition, fifteen teachers were identified as individual case
studies, key CPD providers were interviewed, and a focus group comprising three CPD providers and three case study teachers was conducted to generate shared dialogue.
The data indicate that from the perspective of these teachers in Cyprus, there is a widespread failure of PE-CPD to meet their learning needs. Yet, in contrast to much of the negative data that reinforces the international CPD literature, strong evidence of the powerful and positive impact of one approach to PE-CPD emerged. These data reveal interesting insights into the importance the teachers attached to passion, a focus on co-learning, and their views of themselves and their identities as teachers and learners.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education


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