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Division of Kinesiology and Health|College of Health Sciences

Mark Byra, Ph.D.

Professor 
Physical Education Teacher Education

 

BACKGROUND

Dr. Byra is currently a professor in the Division of Kinesiology and Health, College of Health Sciences, University of Wyoming.  Dr. Byra teaches several undergraduate and graduate courses in the Physical Education Teacher Education program as well as conducts research specific to the Spectrum of teaching styles.  He has been a faculty member at University of Wyoming since he completed his Ph.D. in 1989.  Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Wyoming, Dr. Byra taught physical education and French to junior high school aged students in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada (1979-1986).  As a teacher, he coached volleyball and track and field at the junior and high school levels.  Dr. Byra also coached volleyball at the regional and provincial level in British Columbia and Nova Scotia.  Dr. Byra played on the University of Victoria Men’s Varsity Volleyball Team between 1975 and 1979, and was assistant coach for the Dalhousie University Men’s Varsity Volleyball Team 1981 to 1983.

 

EDUCATION

Ph.D. Physical Education Teacher Education, University of Pittsburgh (1989)

M.S. Motor Learning/Skill Acquisition, Dalhousie University (1983)

B.Ed. Physical Education, University of Victoria (1979)

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Dr. Byra's primary line of research focuses on the examination of learner behavior as impacted by different styles/models of teaching in the physical education setting. Mosston and Ashworth's (2002) Spectrum of Teaching Styles serves as the framework for investigating learner behavior as it relates to motor, cognitive, and social/affective development.

 

TEACHING

  • KIN 1005, Introduction to Kinesiology, Health, and Teaching Physical Activity
  • KIN 2001, Movement Core II: Net and Target Games
  • KIN 4080, Assessment in Physical Education
  • KIN 4090, Foundations of Coaching
  • KIN 5013, Models of Teaching

PUBLICATIONS

Byra, M., Sanchez, B., & Wallhead, T. (in press). Behaviors of students and teachers in the command, practice, and inclusion styles of teaching: Instruction, feedback, and activity level. European Physical Education Review.

Iserbyt, P., & Byra, M. (in press). The design of instructional tools affects secondary school students’ learning of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in reciprocal peer learning: A randomised controlled trial. Resuscitation.

Iserbyt, P., & Byra, M. (2013). Task cards – Design and use in the reciprocal style of teaching. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, 84(2), 20-26.

Sanchez, E., Byra, M., & Wallhead, T.L. (2012). Students’ perceptions of the command, practice, and inclusion styles of teaching. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 17, 317-330.

Goldberger, M., Ashworth, S., & Byra, M. (2012). Spectrum of teaching styles retrospective 2012. Quest, 64, 268-282.

Hennings, J., Wallhead, T.L., & Byra, M. (2010). A didactic analysis of student content learning during the reciprocal style of teaching. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 29, 227-244.

Byra, M. (2009). Tracking R-PETE from 1980 to 2000: Research on programmatic change, participants’ perspectives, and control of PETE programs. In L. Housner, M. Metzler, P. Schempp, & T. Templin (Eds.), Historic traditions and future directions in research on teaching and teacher education in physical education (pp. 315-323). West Virginia University, School of Physical Education’s International Center for Performance Excellence. 


NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATIONS

Kirby, S., Byra, M., Readdy, T., & Wallhead, T. (2013, July). Practice and inclusion styles of teaching: Self-determined motivation and needs satisfaction. Oral paper presented at the AIESEP International Congress – Physical Education and Sport: Challenging the Future, Warsaw, Poland.

Kirby, S., Byra, M., Wallhead, T., & Readdy, T. (2013, July). Students’ perceptions of the practice and inclusion styles of teaching. Oral paper presented at the AIESEP International Congress – Physical Education and Sport: Challenging the Future, Warsaw, Poland.

Sanchez, E., Byra, M., & Wallhead, T. (2011, June). Student and teacher behaviors in the command, practice, and inclusion styles of teaching. Oral paper presented at the AIESEP International Congress - Moving People, Moving Forward: Goals & Roles of Physical Education, Sport, and Physical Activity, Limerick, Ireland.

Sanchez, E., Byra, M., & Wallhead, T. (2011, June). Students' perceptions of the command, practice, and inclusion styles of teaching. Oral paper presented at the AIESEP International Congress - Moving People, Moving Forward: Goals & Roles of Physical Education, Sport, and Physical Activity, Limerick, Ireland.

Wallhead, T., Hennings, J., & Byra, M. (2009, May). A Didactic Analysis of Content Development during the Reciprocal Style of Teaching. Oral paper presented at the AIESEP International Seminar for Specialists, Besancon, France.

Byra, M. (2007, October). Tracking R-PETE from 1980 to 2000: Research on Programmatic Change, Participants’ Perspectives, and Control of PETE Programs. Presented at the Historic Traditions & Future Directions in Research on Teaching and Teacher Education in Physical Education Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Byra, M. (2007, September). Spectrum Research – Old, New, Where to Now? Presented at the 1st International Forum on Spectrum Teaching Styles: A Reunion and A Review. Halkidiki, Greece.

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