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Volleyball--Pass--Study and teaching (Elementary);


The purpose of this study was to investigate the teaching of forearm passing as a key component of volleyball game performance. More specifically, this study investigated teachers' content knowledge and teaching knowledge (pedagogical content knowledge) related to forearm passing as described by the teachers and manifested in teaching practices in the teaching environment.

Six elementary physical education instructors participated in this study. Several methods were used for gathering different information about forearm passing research including systematic observation, videotaping, field notes, and formal and informal interviews.

The findings revealed that (a) teachers' teaching philosophy significantly influenced their teaching and designing volleyball lessons; (b) there was a significant relationship between teaching knowledge (lesson plan design, teaching progression, teaching strategies, communication skills and management skills) and content knowledge of forearm passing (six key components, identifying errors in the up- and low-body, and volleyball rules) as teachers taught forearm passing in the volleyball lessons; and (c) all teachers taught linear arms presentation instead of non-linear arms presentation of the forearm passing.

The implications of this study for pre-service and in-service volleyball teachers include the need to connect teaching knowledge with content knowledge especially when teaching forearm passing to elementary students. The study also provides a number of implications for future research directions such as comparing teaching philosophy and practice of elementary and secondary school coaches.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services

First Advisor

Radhi H. Al-Mabuk, Chair

Second Advisor

Ripley E. Marston, Co-Chair

Date Original


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