In recent years in tertiary institutions in Australia, there has been a large increase of enrolments in Education courses delivered via an online/external mode. This has raised a number of concerns around the nexus of theory and practice and whether pre-service teachers feel ready to teach after completing Education study online. The purpose of this study is to examine pre-service teachers’ perceived readiness to teach Health and Physical Education (HPE) after engaging with the subject fully in an online tertiary environment. 26 pre-service teachers studying education online from two separate were involved in this study. Upon completion of the University semester and also after a practicum placement, qualitative data was collected detailing the pre-service teachers’ perceptions in regard to their readiness to teach HPE. Pre-service teachers’ perceptions are used as the primary data highlighting the varying levels of readiness to teach HPE.
McMahon, J. A., & Dinan Thompson, M. (2014). Health and Physical Education and the Online Tertiary Environment at Two Universities: Pre-service Teachers’ Perceived ‘Readiness’ to Teach HPE. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 39(3). https://doi.org/10.14221/ajte.2014v39n3.4