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ERIC Number: EJ1032644
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0730-3084
Overcoming Marginalization of Physical Education in America's Schools with Professional Learning Communities
Beddoes, Zack; Prusak, Keven A.; Hall, Amber
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, v85 n4 p21-27 2014
In an era of high-stakes educational reform, physical education has been marginalized and deemed to be academically irrelevant. However, research has shown that quality physical education makes a vital and unique contribution to students' education and that healthy children learn better. Unfortunately, this message gets lost because it often comes from a lone voice, a teacher on the periphery, laboring in isolation--the physical education teacher. For the past decade, teachers from all disciplines have been joining together in professional learning communities (PLC) with the specific goal of promoting a focus on learning rather than teaching, promoting best practices, and collaborating in professional development. This article describes what a PLC is and how it can be used to overcome the conditions, forces, and barriers that have marginalized physical education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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