An Actor-Oriented Perspective on Implementing a Pedagogical Innovation in a Cycling Unit

Andy Vasily, Tim Fletcher, Doug Gleddie, Déirdre Ní Chróinín

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    Abstract

    Purpose: The purpose of this research was to use an actor-oriented perspective to analyze one teacher’s implementation of the Meaningful Physical Education approach in one Grade 5 classroom in Saudi Arabia. Method: A single case study design was used, with the case being defined as Andy and his teaching of a cycling unit to one Grade 5 class. Data consisted of blog posts, tweets, and semistructured interviews. Results: Andy identified several spheres of influence on implementation, including his personal philosophy, students, co-teachers, and several organizational/environmental characteristics of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) School, as well as important attributes of the innovation that supported implementation. Discussion/Conclusion: An actor-oriented perspective offered insight into a teacher’s insider perspective of a pedagogical innovation, which enabled understanding of how he made sense of Meaningful Physical Education and used those ideas to guide planning, instructional, and assessment decisions in the cycling unit.
    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1-10
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Teaching in Physical Education
    Volume40
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Feb 15 2021

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education
    • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
    • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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