Date of Graduation

12-2011

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction (PhD)

Degree Level

Graduate

Department

Curriculum and Instruction

Advisor

Mounir Farah

Committee Member

Paul Calleja

Second Committee Member

Micheal Wavering

Third Committee Member

Goerge Denny

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to determine the perceptions of physical education teachers and supervisors toward the secondary physical education program in eight domains in the State of Kuwait. Stratified and cluster sampling were used to select two schools of female teachers and two schools of male teachers from each district (6 districts); therefore, 24 schools were selected randomly. One hundred thirty-eight physical education teachers were selected and 66 supervisors were selected. A four-point rating scale (i.e., strongly disagree to strongly agree) and open-ended questions were included in the survey. Cronbach's alpha reliability, descriptive statistics, and independent sample t tests were used in this study. The response rate of physical education teachers was 94% and the response rate of supervisors was 80%. The results of this research indicated that physical educators and supervisors had very negative perceptions toward safety factors in physical education, the evaluation process of the physical education program, and the society's view toward physical education. Also, physical educators and supervisors had negative perceptions toward the program content, equipment, and the role of physical education teachers. However, physical educators and supervisors had somewhat positive perceptions toward the student relationship with physical educators and the school administration.