Wearable digital technology in PE: advantages, barriers, and teachers' ideologies

Risto Marttinen, Dillon Landi, Ray N. Fredrick, Stephen Silverman

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Purpose: To explore teachers' perceptions of incorporating digital technologies in physical education (PE) and how they influenced pedagogical practices. Method: Data were collected using qualitative methods (interviews, observations, and artifacts) and were analyzed using a grounded theory approach. Results: Teachers integrated wearable digital technologies in ways they thought would augment their PE programs, not replace them. It also was found that teachers' ideologies of PE shaped the way they implemented wearable digital technologies. Finally, the material circumstances of schools affected the ways in which wearable digital technologies could be implemented in PE. Conclusion: Teachers were willing to integrate wearable digital technologies if they augmented (and did not replace) their preferred purpose of PE. Given this, ideologies of teachers influenced the role that technologies played in teaching and learning in PE.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-235
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Teaching in Physical Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 26 Sept 2019


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  • adolescent
  • pedagogy
  • teacher beliefs
  • teacher perceptions


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