Signature Pedagogies Scoping Review

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Signature pedagogies are the characteristic forms of teaching by which practitioners are prepared for their future professions (Shulman, 2005).

In other words, in the context of physical education teacher educationa and continuous professsional development, they are the forms of teaching-learning that leap to mind when thinking about the preparation and continuous support of teachers in the field of PE across contexts. In recent years, scholars have pointed to the importance of identifying signature pedagogies of teacher education in PE – including both physical education teacher education and continous professional development (O’Sullivan, 2018) to provide a foundational knowledge base  and shared language from which teacher educators might choose pedagogies to best support specific teacher education outcomes (Parker et al., 2016).

In this review, 465 articles on pedagogies of teacher education in PE were reviewed through the lens of signature pedagogies (Shulman, 2005). From the pedagogies reviewed, three signature pedagogies of teacher education in PE across international contexts are identified and presented in terms of their surface, deep and implicit structure, including: (auto)biographical pedagogies, experiential pedagogies, and pedagogies of professional learning.


Signature pedagogies of teacher education in physical education: A scoping review


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