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ERIC Number: EJ782705
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0013-5984
Research on Social Issues in Elementary School Physical Education
Solmon, Melinda A.; Lee, Amelia M.
Elementary School Journal, v108 n3 p229-239 Jan 2008
The social and cultural norms children learn in schools can have a powerful effect on a variety of lifestyle decisions that will affect their physical and mental health. In this article we examine research on social issues in elementary school physical education. We provide an overview of how teachers' actions and behaviors affect what children learn in the social context of the gymnasium and, particularly, what they learn about engaging in physical activity. We examine how motor ability, gender, race, ethnicity, and social class influence socialization in physical education and affect children's choices about engaging actively in learning activities. The theoretical constructs of self-schema and the hidden curriculum are used to illustrate how school experiences interact with what children view as possible for themselves, and how implicit messages enhance or constrain children's involvement in physical activity. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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