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ERIC Number: EJ1085798
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1356-336X
An Analysis of Canadian Physical Education Curricula
Kilborn, Michelle; Lorusso, Jenna; Francis, Nancy
European Physical Education Review, v22 n1 p23-46 Feb 2016
There has been much international concern about the present and future status of school physical education. Recent research has employed surveys or case studies to examine the status of physical education but there is a dearth of in-depth physical education curriculum document analysis. The aim of this study is to contribute to the international discussion about physical education curricula by expanding upon previous interpretations of Canada's physical education curricula and addressing additional aspects that may have been overlooked. Results of an analysis of Canada's 10 provincial physical education curricula reveal trends and themes related to instructional time allocations, curricular aim statements, curricular organizing categories and learning outcome statements. While the stated aim of physical education curricula in Canada is focused on healthy, active living, there is evidence that the specific content of the learning outcome statements are more focused on movement skills, games and sport technique. This contradiction sparks further discussion about the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of physical education curricula and the importance of understanding what has, is, and perhaps should be influencing decisions about curriculum development throughout the world.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 3; Grade 2; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Grade 5; Middle Schools; Grade 6; Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 8; Grade 9; High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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