Operationalizing a Physical Education Workforce Research and Development Agenda

Emily M. Jones, Hal A. Lawson, Kevin Andrew Richards

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Workforce initiatives are timely as physical education confronts multiple challenges, some of which can be reframed as opportunities. The operational research and development approach provided herewith builds on a companion analysis focused on agenda-setting. A systems framework identifies relationships among specialized components such as teacher education, doctoral programs, and school curricula/programs and highlights needs for coordinated, collective action among two or more workforce components. Operating under the banner of justifiable variability with accountability, pivotal choices must be made system wide and necessitate collective action strategies. Immediate priorities include collaborative leadership structures and quality controls provided by stronger professional associations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)374-388
Number of pages15
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2022


  • Workforce development
  • adaptive competence
  • evidence-based practice
  • professional associations
  • university-school partnerships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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