Prioritizing a Physical Education Workforce Research and Development Agenda

Hal A. Lawson, Emily Jones, Kevin Andrew Richards

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External developments and intra-professional needs, challenges, and opportunities recommend a workforce research and development agenda. In particular: (a) new models for schools necessitate customized, evidence-based curricula and school/community programs; (b) the effectiveness of every curriculum and program depends on workforce readiness, commitments, competency, adaptability, and retention; (c) the workforce thus is a social determinant for pediatric experiences and outcomes; (d) performance-based accountability requirements for evidence-based and data-informed programs and practices expose workforce-related gaps and illuminate needs for better designs; (e) because one size does not fit all, justifiable variability is a core problem for the profession’s members to address; and (f) strategic differentiation among teacher education programs in tandem with specialized school offerings necessitates better quality assurance mechanisms coordinated by state and national professional associations. Improved workforce specialization in service of better outcomes thus necessitates pivotal choices. Place-based, collaborative planning for collective action is a practical necessity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)359-373
Number of pages15
Issue number4
Early online dateNov 28 2022
StatePublished - 2022


  • adaptive competence
  • evidence-based practice
  • professional associations
  • Teacher education
  • university-school partnerships
  • workforce development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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