ERIC Number: ED255483
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Shaping the Body Politic: Legislative Training for the Physical Educator.
Seiter, Margaret M.
This guide for changing public opinion concerning physical education is divided into four sections: The first, "Setting the Stage" tells how the various governments are organized, and the processes which turn public opinion into public policy. Future trends in the federal, state, and local role in funding public education are discussed. An explanation is given of the structure and function of the state legislatures and their relationship to public education policy. "Getting Started" provides a model for mounting a comprehensive statewide legislative campaign. It suggests planning strategies and ways to involve people for successful political action. "Tools of the Trade" outlines techniques to educate voters and politicians. A case study is presented of a successful public relations effort in Iowa. "Research and Resources" offers questions and answers about physical education, research excerpts, and support statements to help sell physical education to political decision makers. The chairs of the fifty states' appropriation and education committees are listed, as well as the governors, and superintendents of health and physical education. (JD)
Descriptors: Activism, Advocacy, Change Strategies, Citizen Participation, Decision Making, Legislators, Lobbying, Physical Education, Public Opinion, Public Relations, State Legislation
AAHPERD Publications, P. O. Box 44 Industrial Park Center, Waldorf, MD 20601 ($9.95 prepaid).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD).