A systematic analysis of research on teaching in physical education: two decades of progress

Risto Marttinen, Dillon Landi, Dario Novak, Stephen Silverman

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Purpose: We aimed to identify, categorize, and analyze published peer-reviewed research on teaching in physical education between July 1994 and December 2015. Methods: An exhaustive search was conducted on three databases (Education Resources Information Center, PE Index, and Web of Science), which produced 18,966 abstracts that were reduced to 1,023 articles that met the inclusion criteria through a review of abstracts and titles, and the second review of full papers. Articles were coded independently for numerous aspects of the research method by three coders, with multiple checks for interobserver agreement, all of which were above.85 interobserver agreement. Results: There was a great increase in the number of articles, methodological diversity, and research focus compared with a previous analysis. Research was published in 183 journals and by researchers in 45 different countries. Challenges in maintaining quality over quantity and the growth of the field are discussed. Conclusion: Research on teaching in physical education has grown greatly, and the field has matured.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)545-554
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Teaching in Physical Education
Issue number4
Early online date9 Dec 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020


  • Pedagogy
  • Research methods
  • Research quality
  • Review


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