A1 Journal article (refereed)
Perceived teaching efficacy and coeducational vs. single-sex grouping in physical education teachers (2022)

Gråstén, A., & Kokkonen, M. (2022). Perceived teaching efficacy and coeducational vs. single-sex grouping in physical education teachers. Curriculum Studies in Health and Physical Education, 13(2), 123-137. https://doi.org/10.1080/25742981.2021.1997615

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All authors or editors: Gråstén, Arto; Kokkonen, Marja

Journal or series: Curriculum Studies in Health and Physical Education

ISSN: 2574-2981

eISSN: 2574-299X

Publication year: 2022

Volume: 13

Issue number: 2

Pages range: 123-137

Publisher: Routledge

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/25742981.2021.1997615

Persistent website address: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/25742981.2021.1997615

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/79056


In many countries, sex equality is an essential aim of physical education (PE) curricula, while the PE grouping practices are widely hetero-normative. As far as there is a discrepancy between the curricula and practice, equality will not fully take place. This study examined the associations between PE teachers’ perceived teaching efficacy (student engagement, instruction, class management) and preferences for single-sex (i.e. juridical sex) vs. coeducational grouping in PE. The analysis, based on a cross-sectional online survey of 175 Finnish PE teachers, showed that higher perceived class management was associated with the stronger preferences for single-sex PE. Associations of teacher’s age and teaching experience with the preferences for coeducational vs. single-sex PE showed considerable heterogeneity. PE teachers’ teaching efficacy, especially in class management, for teaching diverse groupings of students could be improved through in-service teacher training in accordance with the national curriculum.

Keywords: physical education (school subject); sex segregation; equality (values); physical education teachers; attitudes

Free keywords: school; equality; sex segregation; mixed-sex grouping; curriculum

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Reporting Year: 2022

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