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ERIC Number: ED319689
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 15
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Gymnastics in Schools.
Werner, Peter H.; Sweeting, Terry
Historically, gymnastics has held a place in school curriculums based on its contribution toward physical well being. Over the last several decades gymnastics has been presented as a dichotomy between Olympic gymnastics and educational gymnastics. Unlike the games program which may encompass upwards of 65 percent of the time alloted to physical education, gymnastics instruction is on the decline. In an effort to return gymnastics to its rightful place in the curriculum, a program called "Gymnastics in Schools" will be presented. It is based on the work of John Wright and Bob Smith, gymnastics specialists from England. "Gymnastics in Schools" emphasizes the development of body management skills for all levels of ability. The three main movement themes are travelling, statics, and rotation. The work of Laban is critical to the expansion of gymnastics theses because body, space, effort quality, and relationships concepts are included as process variables. The intent of this paper is to present a brief background and theory of gymnastics in schools and to provide suggestions for developing a gymnastics unit based upon this approach. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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