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ERIC Number: EJ1033624
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0033-6297
Dewey, Interest, and Well-Being: Prospects for Improving the Educational Value of Physical Education
Thorburn, Malcolm; MacAllister, James
Quest, v65 n4 p458-468 2013
Despite the current policy prominence of physical education, there is still unease about the subject's educational contribution. In this respect, we are surprised by how seldom John Dewey's writings inform contemporary reviews of aims and values. We outline how his writings on connecting the child and the curriculum and schools with society are relevant to deliberations on how students could derive enhanced meaning from physical education. We address criticisms by Richard Peters of Dewey and discuss related issues on: interest and engagement, problem solving and criteria for personal growth. We discuss how the thinking of Dewey and Valerie Tiberius might inform the development of physical education curricular that are more deeply connected with the lives of students and which promote well-being. In particular, we argue there is a need for future curriculum to be designed in ways that invite students to cultivate informed and stable physical activity habits and values.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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