ERIC Number: ED338607
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Physical Education As Part of the Core Curriculum in Secondary Education. A Restricted, Comparative International Survey.
This report presents findings obtained from a survey of nine countries and states: Baden-Wurttemberg (Germany), North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany), Sweden, France, Scotland, California (United States of America), New York (United States of America), Quebec (Canada), and the Netherlands. The study focuses primarily on a comparison of the objectives and contents of the secondary (ages 12-16) physical education curriculum, obtained from official documents, as well as on the proportion of time alloted in each country. The descriptive and comparative framework used to analyze the data is based upon the premise that curricular decisions in general, and decisions which concern the objectives and educational contents in particular, are based largely on considerations colored by values. After identifying and defining five conceptual prototypes for organizing the physical education curriculum, the report classifies the approaches of the nine school systems being examined. In addition, general information about each system is provided: the structure of the school system, time available for movement education, whether the subject should be taught by specialists, whether coeducation is possible or prescribed by law, and whether there are clear guidelines for the evaluation of pupil achievements. The report concludes with a summary in diagram form that provides a quick overview of the nature of the subject concepts in the curriculum documents examined, followed by a bibliography containing 32 references. (IAH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. for Curriculum Development (SLO), Enschede (Netherlands).