ERIC Number: EJ794475
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Reference Count: 8
Who Needs Philosophy in Physical Education?
Cavallini, M. Felicia
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD), v77 n8 p28-30 Oct 2008
Understanding the invaluable contribution of philosophy in physical education can mean the difference between a "roll out the ball" mentality and one that will change the lives of students forever. What good is an educated mind if it is housed in an unfit body? The more that physical education teachers in training understand the critical role they play in helping American youths develop positive movement habits, the greater their impact will be in decreasing the trend for obesity in youths. The educational setting is our best hope to teach sound physical activity habits to our nation's children. In order to achieve this goal, it is paramount to understand the need, worth, value, and magnitude for physical education. This can only be done through philosophy. This article explains why all preservice teachers need to include in their teacher education curriculum a course that focuses on the philosophical foundations of physical education.
Descriptors: Philosophy, Physical Education, Physical Education Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Teacher Education Curriculum, Obesity, Physical Activities, Physical Health, Risk Management
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A