|（Depatment of Physical Education，Central South University，Changsha 410083，China）
Abstract: The author carried out a questionnaire survey and open type random interviews on physical education teachers in service in 3 common institutes of higher learning in Hunan, and revealed the following findings: in gen-eral physical education teachers in service in institutes of higher learning value their professional development; en-hancing scientific research capability has become the prevailing trend of development; the goals for professional development are mainly pursuing personal capability development and individual promotion; the ways to profes-sional development are individual ways coupled with collective ways, in which individual ways mainly include life-time learning, while collective ways are mainly academic communication and job training; at present, the bottle-necks of the professional development of physical education teachers in institutes of higher learning are the self learning attitude problem and time allocation problem. In terms of professional development affecting factors, soft environments in the stimulation mechanism have extensive and profound influence. Therefore, physical education teachers in institutes of higher learning should enhance their learning initiative and stick to the lifetime learning conception, while the society should improve the conditions and environments for the professional development of physical education teachers.
Key words: school physical education；physical education teachers in service in institutes of higher learning；professional development；professional development of physical education teachers