Looking Back: the Voice of Physical Education Teachers about their Professional Career in a Multicultural School

Gonzalo Flores Aguilar

Maria Prat Grau

Susanna Soler Prat

*Corresponding author: Gonzalo Flores Aguilar gonzalo.flores@uab.cat

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Flores Aguilar, G., Prat Grau, M., & Soler Prat, S. (2015). Looking Back: the Voice of Physical Education Teachers about their Professional Career in a Multicultural School. Apunts. Educación Física y Deportes, 122, 88-98. https://doi.org/10.5672/apunts.2014-0983.es.(2015/4).122.10

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Abstract

This paper explores what physical education teachers with more than five years of experience think about their career (perceptions, feelings, actions, etc.) in schools with more than 50% immigrant students. From a qualitative perspective, a multiple case study (n=12) was conducted in the province of Barcelona. Semi-structured interviews and non-participant observations were the instruments used, and content analysis was employed to interpret them. As a general conclusion, this study revealed that, despite all the difficulties that teachers found throughout their careers, most of them had a very positive perception of their emotional mood and their professional career in a multicultural school. This could debunk the social image of this school as problematic and conflictive for students and teaching staff.

Keywords: Intercultural Education, Multicultural School, Physical Education, Physical Education Teachers, Professional Career.

ISSN: 1577-4015

Received: October 3, 2014

Accepted: February 27, 2015

Published: October 1, 2015