Des enseignants en éducation physique font de l'esprit sportif un levier d'éducation morale : une recherche-action collaborative

Authors: Tremblay, Benoit
Advisor: Martel, Denis
Abstract: The inappropriate behaviours that mark contemporary sport practices require that physical educators and other actors in sport assume the mandate of contributing to the moral development of youth in sport. In this regard, the concept of sportspersonship, an educational vector ubiquitous in sport, may be a means of addressing moral education in physical education and sport (PES). However, there has been limited study on strategies that physical educators or coaches use to encourage the moral development of youth through using the concept of sportspersonship and the values associated with it. Also, to our knowledge, no study has examined strategies that could be recommended to these specialists of education through sport for using the educational potential of the sportspersonship concept as a means of moral education in PES. This absence justified the relevance of an action research collaborative project toward supporting physical education teachers in planning and implementing activities for the moral development of students through learning better sportspersonship. Four physical education teachers from the Quebec school system, accompanied by a trainer-researcher in moral education in PES, participated in the action research project. As part of the accompaniment process, the teachers: (1) re-examined their understanding of sportspersonship as well as familiarised themselves with the planning requirements for activities dedicated to student moral development; (2) planned learning activities dedicated to moral development; (3) implemented the planned activities in a real teaching setting; and (4) reflected on the contribution of the implemented activities to the moral development of students. The concept of sportspersonship (esprit sportif) prosed by Guay (1993) as well as a model for moral action (Rest, 1984) were used to guide the content of the meetings with the teachers. The individual and group accompaniment meetings conducted by the trainer-researcher as well as the teaching sessions incorporating the learning activities were recorded digitally (N=32). Questionnaires were used to gather the perceptions of the students and the teachers regarding the implemented learning activities. Firstly, analysis of the learning activities implemented by the teachers (in badminton, in soccer, and in football) led to the development of a didactic framework for planning novel learning activities for moral education in PES. This didactic framework includes the principle elements of a learning activity dedicated to the moral development of students through learning better sportsmanship...
Document Type: Thèse de doctorat
Issue Date: 2020
Open Access Date: 3 February 2021
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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