This study investigated physical education (PE) teachers' experiences with remote instruction in the United States during the initial outbreak of COVID-19. PE teachers (n = 4,362) from all 50 states completed a survey identifying their experiences with remote instruction in May, 2020. Survey responses were analyzed by geographic region, district type, and school level. Teachers reported having students submit assignments (51% yes), using video instruction (37% yes), being less effective when instructing remotely (20% yes), and emphasizing student outcomes focused on health-related fitness (32% yes), and physical activity value/ enjoyment (43% yes). Access to technology (40% yes) and required student assignments (43% yes) were lowest among teachers from the South. Rural teachers reported the least access to technology (37% yes) and rated themselves as least effective (24% yes). Secondary level teachers reported the highest percentage of required assignments (84% yes). Teachers' responses identify unique challenges to delivering equitable and effective remote PE instruction.
Publication Source (Journal or Book title)
Journal Of Teaching In Physical Education
Mercier, K., Centeio, E., Garn, A., Erwin, H., Mercier, K., & Foley, J. (2021). Physical Education Teachers' Experiences With Remote Instruction During The Initial Phase Of The Covid-19 Pandemic. Journal Of Teaching In Physical Education, 40 (2), 337-342. https://doi.org/10.1123/jtpe.2020-0272