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ERIC Number: EJ1062777
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-1740-8989
In Search of the Autonomous and Critical Individual: A Philosophical and Pedagogical Analysis of the Physical Education Curriculum of São Paulo (Brazil)
Betti, Mauro; Knijnik, Jorge; Venâncio, Luciana; Neto, Luiz Sanches
Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, v20 n4 p427-441 2015
Background: Academics, teachers and policy-makers across the world have discussed how to develop a relevant physical education (PE) curriculum that addresses the "body education" needs and interests of twenty-first-century students. In Brazil, after the launch of the national curricular parameters (PCNs) in the late 1990s, many new PE curricula have emerged, some, such as the curriculum of the state of São Paulo (SP), claiming to be truly innovative in the promotion of the autonomous and critical individual. In 2006, SP, as the richest and most populous Brazilian State, convened several groups of specialists to design new curricula in all school areas, including PE. Curricula proposals always have a set of underpinning values and philosophies and the PE curriculum in SP seems to have enhanced its school function to beyond the sports restricted interests. Purpose: This article aims to examine the philosophical and pedagogical directions that support the new PE curriculum in SP. It asks on what concepts of "culture," "body" and "movement" the São Paulo physical education (SP/PE) curriculum is based; how the education of the autonomous individual is conceptualised and how the curriculum enhances the teaching of students' "body" practices. It also considers the ways in which autonomy is lived in an environment historically marked by social inequality. Research design: In reflecting on these questions this paper adopts the notion of one's own body as a "unit of meaning"). It also draws on concept of education as the development of a critique of reality as the basis for transforming it. It discusses "movement culture" (MC), a central idea in the SP/PE curriculum derived from these practices of critique and transformation, as well as the concept of "Sich-Bewegen," which emphasises "movement" as a proper expression of the individual. Conclusions: The traditional notion of being "physically educated" as proposed by Corbin has been superseded in the new curriculum. It appears that the SP/PE curriculum is challenging educators to address new key issues in their educational practices: to foster critical thinking about both the content and themes addressed by the PE curriculum; to consider cultural diversity whilst teaching; to move away from standardised proposals; and to enhance, in students, critical views of the MC content presented in the media, and thereby to encourage students to take into account the media thematic axis as a starting and an ending point for their educational practices.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil