Integrating Technology in Physical Education Teacher Education: A Socialization Perspective

Daniel P. Gawrisch, K. Andrew R. Richards, Chad M. Killian

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Physical education teacher education (PETE) programs are encouraged to develop teachers capable of delivering technology integrated learning experiences. Technological pedagogical content knowledge provides a framework for integrating technology into teacher education programs. Occupational socialization theory describes an educator’s recruitment, training, and socialization in the teaching profession. The purpose of this article is to propose a conceptual framework for helping preservice physical educators develop technological pedagogical content knowledge that is grounded in occupational socialization theory. We specifically recommend a four-phase approach to help preservice teachers (a) build their knowledge and learn to value technology in physical education, (b) observe and explore through instructor modeling and integration, (c) experiment and collaborate with mentoring and scaffolding, and (d) discover through innovation and utilization. These suggestions acknowledge the sociopolitical aspects of learning to teach with technology and implications are discussed along with the need to help preservice teachers transfer technology integration into their professional careers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)260-277
Number of pages18
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2 2020


  • Physical education
  • occupational socialization theory
  • teacher education
  • technology training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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