Date of Award

January 2016

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Health and Kinesiology

First Advisor

Thomas J. Templin

Committee Member 1

Bonnie T. Blankenship

Committee Member 2

William A. Harper

Committee Member 3

Timothy J. Newby


Physical educators face a difficult task of using limited time and resources to fully impact students in the gymnasium. Physical education is labeled as a noncore subject with no standardized test to evaluate student learning. In Indiana, multiple types of teacher evaluation models are used in schools across the state, causing concerns of reliability and validity for educators. The purpose of this study was to describe physical educators’ perceptions of and experiences with the teacher evaluation system in the state of Indiana. Additionally, this research examined challenges faced by teachers as they adapted to teacher evaluation systems. Solutions to the evaluative mandates were sought to address the shortcomings of Indiana teacher evaluations in physical education.