ERIC Number: EJ1162240
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
At the Crossroads: How Physical Education Can Succeed in a Public Health Paradigm
Palmer, Stephen E.; Behrens, Timothy K.
Quest, v69 n4 p467-479 2017
Physical education (PE) can make meaningful contributions to public health by directly providing moderate to vigorous physical activity (PA) opportunities for school-aged youth. Quality PE aims to contribute indirectly to PA beyond the school day. Unfortunately, insufficient evidence exists regarding the impact of PE on lifelong PA. This has led PE to a crossroads. Moving straight through the crossroads adds comprehensive school physical activity program responsibilities to the PE teacher's load. Turning left results in PE teachers being replaced by PA leaders. The right turn reaffirms that the aim of PE is to teach youth the skills, knowledge, and dispositions to become physically literate and active for life. The right turn is the most difficult because it requires systemically changing school PE that has remained stagnant for decades. Recommendations are presented that include embracing the comprehensive school physical activity program model, conducting research clearly defining the role of PE and directing the contributions of PE to broader public health aims.
Descriptors: Physical Education, Public Health, Physical Activity Level, Skill Development, Life Style, Health Promotion, Physical Fitness, Leadership Responsibility, Accountability, College School Cooperation, Self Determination, Personal Autonomy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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