The characteristics of an ideal physical education teacher
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The process of teaching and learning involves the interaction of the teacher, learner and content. Teachers, however, assume the leadership role which facilitates the learner to acquire the knowledge as well as skills in Physical Education. Basing on a situation specific leadership theory, this paper argues that despite the many demands that are brought to bear on the teacher-learner interaction process. This study sought to establish the Physical Education under-graduates' perception of the ideal teacher. From the many characteristics, the highly rated characteristics were identified including ability to communicate ideas, thorough knowledge matter, knowledge of subject matter, high standards of honesty and integrity knowledge of child psychology and ability to gain respect and confidence of pupils, among others. It was therefore recommended that the teacher preparation process targets those elements that are likely to enhance the teachers' standing in the ~es of the learners thusfacilitating a good delivery service. Further research on more comprehensive levels is recommended in order to make the teacher training process more relevant to turning out teachers who are best suited for the demands of the job, the learners as well as the community.