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ERIC Number: EJ1131426
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0730-3084
Engaging Students in Physical Education: Key Challenges and Opportunities for Physical Educators in Urban Settings
Sliwa, Sarah; Nihiser, Allison; Lee, Sarah; McCaughtry, Nathan; Culp, Brian; Michael, Shannon
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, v88 n3 p43-48 2017
In October 2009, "JOPERD" published a special issue about "Engaging Urban Youths in Physical Education and Physical Activity." Seven years later, many of the considerations mentioned remain relevant, such as large class sizes, limited access to equipment, and the lack of a dedicated gymnasium or outdoor space. These structural challenges matter. Some data suggest that larger class sizes and indoor lessons are associated with students spending significantly less time in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and with teachers spending more time on classroom management. In addition, high rates of teacher turnover, difficulties communicating with English language learners, and low self-efficacy affect teachers' ability to engage students in physical education in urban settings. The purposes of this narrative review are to identify the attributes of urban settings that influence how physical education is taught, and to provide action-oriented strategies for addressing challenges and for making the most of available resources.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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