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ERIC Number: EJ800271
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0033-6297
Skill and Physical Activity: A Central Dogma for Kinesiology
Zelaznik, Howard N.; Harper, William A.
Quest, v59 n1 p163-169 Feb 2007
Kinesiology has a long and storied tradition and history. The growth of our discipline and what might be called our subdisciplines has been the shining achievement of the 1970-2006 era, spurred on by Henry's (1964) call for an academic discipline. In this short thought paper, we argue that we have lost sight of the discipline in a quest to become socially relevant. This social relevance has been to get on the exercise as prescription bandwagon, which has produced a wide chasm between our undergraduate curriculum and our research endeavors. The reason for this chasm is that kinesiology does not have an agreed upon central theme, what we call a dogma. We argue that we need to return to make skill and physical activity the central dogma of kinesiology and to make a new coherent curriculum for undergraduate kinesiology. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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