Using Engaged Pedagogy to Foster Holistic Growth in a Physical Education Classroom


Using Engaged Pedagogy to Foster Holistic Growth in a Physical Education Classroom
McKenzie M. Hunt
Degree Name
Master of Arts in Teaching (initial licensure)
Project Type
Action Research Project
This research paper explores the implementation of engaged pedagogy, a teaching framework developed by bell Hooks, in the context of physical education (PE) to promote holistic growth among elementary school students. The study aims to create an environment that actively involves students in the learning process and connects classroom education to real-world issues. The three tenets of engaged pedagogy—holistic growth, embodied vulnerability, and connecting theory with practice—are examined through a literature review, focusing on their impact on student-teacher relationships and holistic development. The research question guiding this study is: "How can I create an environment that promotes holistic growth in elementary physical education while using engaged pedagogy?"
To investigate this question, the study adopts action research principles and employs various data collection methods, including self-study aligned with professional teacher standards, teacher artifacts, clinical teacher observation, and supervisor feedback. Additionally, data collection involves student journal entries, observation feedback from the clinical and supervisor teachers, and reflection notes by the researcher. The journal entries focus on students' emotions during lessons, their impact on classmates, and their perceived strengths. The observation feedback and reflection notes provide additional insights into the effectiveness of engaged pedagogy practices in promoting holistic growth
Committee Member
Xiaopeng Gong
Corrine McGinnis
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