ERIC Number: EJ1094296
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Physical Activity Stories: Assessing the "Meaning Standard" in Physical Education
Johnson, Tyler G.
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, v87 n4 p11-17 2016
The presence of the "meaning standard" in both national and state content standards suggests that professionals consider it an important outcome of a quality physical education program. However, only 10 percent of states require an assessment to examine whether students achieve this standard. The purpose of this article is to introduce the concept of a physical activity story as a way to examine student achievement of the meaning standard. A physical activity story is a firsthand account of a person's relationship with physical activity. Examples of student physical activity stories are offered to illustrate why such stories deserve a place in physical education curricula. While it may be challenging for students to describe the meanings they develop in physical activity, this is not an excuse for teachers to withhold efforts to help students uncover these meanings. Teachers can use the physical activity story model to assess student achievement of the meaning standard.
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Physical Education, Academic Achievement, Story Telling, Personal Narratives, National Standards, Phenomenology, Educational Benefits, Student Experience
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