ERIC Number: ED121717
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Purposes of Physical Education - Today and Tomorrow.
The emphasis in physical education appears to be changing toward a more humanistic education to counteract a dehumanizing trend with the emphasis on mechanization, efficiency, and technological innovation. This paper includes the results from a small survey of physical educators representing five groups: (1) curriculum theorists, (2) researchers, (3) directors, (4) supervisors, and (5) teachers. Three questionnaires were administered, each requiring the respondent to evaluate a list of purposes to determine their validity in providing guidance for program development for both the present and the future. Respondents were asked to rate their importance on a zero to seven scale for both present and future physical education curriculum development, and to rank the list of purposes in order of importance. A summary of ratings and rankings indicate changes in the concept of purpose in physical education. Neuro-muscular efficiency, mechanical efficiency, and competition are no longer perceived as primary purposes in future physical education programs. Instead, there is an increasing emphasis on physical education for the joy of movement, and for self-knowledge. (DMT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Earlham Coll., Richmond, IN.
Note: Paper presented at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Conference (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1976)