Introduction: The aim of this study was to investigate the factors affecting the improvement of educational innovation of physical education teachers.
Methods: The research method was mixed (qualitative-quantitative) in which the qualitative part was done in the form of content analysis. The statistical population included those who were aware of the subject of the research and according to the purposeful selection, 13 people were identified as the sample. Research tools included semi-structured interviews and a researcher-made questionnaire. The validity of the questionnaire was examined according to the experts. Also, the reliability of this questionnaire was evaluated using Cronbach's alpha calculation method (α = 0.81). In the quantitative analysis of the research, Dematel method was used. All research data analysis process was performed in EXCEL software.
Results: The results showed that 8 general factors including social issues, motivational issues, regulatory aspects, infrastructure, specialized knowledge, government support, supportive laws and regulations and management issues are important to improve the educational innovation of physical education teachers.
Conclusion: According to the results, it was found that specialized knowledge, government support and infrastructure as causal factors and supportive laws and regulations, management issues, regulatory aspects, social issues and motivational issues were identified as disability factors. In other words, investing in improving specialized knowledge, government support and infrastructure promotes educational innovation.