ISSN 1652–7224  :::  Published 31 January 2007
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PETE Students at GIH in Sweden

Jane Meckbach & Ingemar Wedman
The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, Stockholm


Diagnostic information on new students at university level is not a regular part of planning for new students, even though there is ample information that is under-utlized for planning courses and developing a challenging study situation for the students. In Sweden, PE teacher training is carried out at 16 universities/colleges, which means that about 60% of all teacher training institutes have also PE teachers education.

Aside from more or less regular diagnostic information, and information concerning previous experiencees of new students, there is, at least in Sweden, also a discussion concerning the excellence of the students in itself. The aim of this study is among other things to describe the PE teacher students at the The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH; their background, their experiences from PE & Health in school, and what kind of competencies they have in PE and physical activity. Beyond that, we would like to develop a national platform for diagnostic information covering all PE students in Sweden. In this study we present the first step in such a national platform.



As a first step we have used the information at hand at GIH and added information from a questionnaire consisting of 44 items, administered to 45 students (25 women and 20 men). Some of the items in the questionnaire were of open-ended character. The results were analysed using SPSS.



In our pilot study of 45 student described above, 50% had grown up in large city, the average age is 24 years, and the entrance score were very high (from 16,2 points to 19,6 point on a 20 point scale). All students had positive experiences from their previous studies and consider themselves as high performance students. More than three quarters of the students had parents who were well educated compared to Swedish standards. Many students, 65%, had spent time in other countries and not only as tourists. Most of the students had chosen studies at GIH as a first hand choice. When accepted to GIH, almost 50% had carried out university studies. Fifteen percent of the students have parents born in another country. Most students read a daily newspaper, 35% live by themselves in their own apartment and some of them live some distance from GIH (up to 150 kilometres). Many students at GIH have long experience as leaders in various situations, and in many cases within the sporting field. Most students perform well in many activities, e.g. know how save people in water, and understands the connection between health and physical activity. They knows less well about sports for disabled people and how to prepare skis for cross country skiing.



It seems quite clear from this pilot study that the PE students at GIH are well prepared for their future studies. At the same time the information gathered might be used in an effective way to enhance their studies and adjust the information in a better way than before. The question remains as to how typical our students are in relation to PE students at other universities and colleges in Sweden. We hope in the near future to be able to answer that question and thereby to contribute to the discussion about the future of PE studies in Sweden.

Copyright © Jane Meckbach, Ingemar Wedman 2007.  |  Editor Kjell E. Eriksson  |  Publisher Aage Radmann