THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHERS AND THE PASSION FOR TEACHING ACTIVITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION

ABSTRACT The aim of the study was to analyze the passion for teacher career and the level of satisfaction with life of Physical Education professionals who work at higher education considering the professional development cycles. The sample were 133 teachers who work in state universities of Paraná (Brazil). The instruments used for the research were the Passion Scale, The Satisfaction with life Scale and a socio demographic questionnaire. For data analysis were used the chi-square test and the logistic regressions binary and multinomial, considering a significance level of 95% (p<0,05). The results showed that most of the teachers were passionate by profession. It was verified that teachers who worked since 20 years or more had more level of harmonious passion (p=0,022). Moreover, was evidenced strong correlation between the Passion Criteria and the Harmonious Passion (r=0,626). In conclusion, the longer the teacher stays in the career more is the harmonious passion for work.