Leoni Stroebel is a part-time lecturer at the Department of Education,
University of the Free State. She is currently also a PhD candidate writing an article-based dissertation with the title: Re- skilling of in-service teachers in Physical Education in South African schools. She has presented on the issue of Physical Education at various local and international
conferences, such as the International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP) and the European College of Sport Science (ECSS) since the commencement of her studies in 2014. She has published an article in the South African Journal for Research in Sport,
Physical Education and Recreation in 2016 and a second article has been accepted for publication at the aforementioned journal in 2017.Her research and teaching interests coincide perfectly and include Physical Education-, Health Education- and Sport pedagogy.
REDRESSING THE PAST IMBALANCES? CHALLENGES OF LIFE SKILLS AND LIFE ORIENTATION SUBJECT ADVISORS IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION.
Co-authors: HAY, J. AND BLOEMHOFF, H.J
The Subject Advisor of Life Skills (LS) and Life Orientation’s (LO) role is to provide professional support and guidance to teachers and to monitor the implementation of the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS). This study aims to provide an understanding of the challenges faced by LO Subject Advisors (SUBADVs) with regard to their supporting role to guide teachers in effectively delivering Physical Education in schools in the Free State province. The investigation followed a qualitative research approach and a grounded theory methodology was adopted. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with ten (10) SUBADVs in LS and LO in the following school phases: Foundation Phase and Intermediate Phase (n=5); Intermediate Phase and Senior Phase (n=2); Senior Phase (n=1) from the five districts of the Free State. Data collected were transcribed verbatim and qualitative content analysis was used to analyse the data. The results indicate that the major problems encountered by schools with the implementation of LO is the lack of importance of Physical Education; the lack of facilities and resources and the rotation and allocation of teachers resulting in a lack of knowledge and understanding, especially with regard to assessment. These issues necessitates appropriate in-service training for SUBADVs and teachers alike.