2011．第26卷第2期（Vol. 26 No. 2）．pp. 223245
Typology of Physical Education Teachers — In the Context of Hong Kong Primary Schools
Raymond Kim-Wai SUM（沈劍威）
This study investigates the typology of physical education teachers in the context of Hong Kong primary schools. Through looking at the issues affecting their work lives, identities, professionalization experience and career trajectories, the aim of this study was to develop a typology of physical education teachers in the context of Hong Kong primary schools. A qualitative research design was adopted. The researcher used semi-structured interviews, supplemented by documentary sources (diaries) for conducting data collection. Through purposive sampling methods (snowball sampling), eleven Hong Kong Primary School Physical Education Teachers (PSPETs) participated in this study. Data were analyzed through three major types of coding, namely, open coding, axial coding and selective coding. This study revealed that the PSPETs experienced both similarities and differences in their socialization processes, and as a result, their capacity to adapt acts as the core factor when exploring their working lives. These divergent patterns formed a typology for PSPETs that is presented as “engagers”, “adherers” and “dissenters”. It represents three types of PSPETs who have adapted to organizational change and adjusted to new conditions and diversely managed their work lives — all in different ways.
Keywords: typology; physical education teachers; Hong Kong primary schools