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ERIC Number: EJ800349
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 71
ISSN: ISSN-0033-6297
The Ecology of the Gym: Reconceptualized and Extended
McCaughtry, Nate; Tischler, Amy; Flory, Sara B.
Quest, v60 n2 p268-289 May 2008
The ecological paradigm has become a powerful framework for understanding how teachers and students negotiate the learning environment. This article articulates the ecological paradigm into a more cohesive framework and expands it using influential work from the sociology of physical education. First, we explain several core concepts of ecological theory and explain how they fit together. Next, we overview past ecological work in each of the three main task systems, while integrating literature from outside traditional ecological theory to show how it better enhances the paradigm's usefulness. We show how culturally relevant content, student ownership/control, and cooperation/competition provide richness in further explaining the instructional task system. Similarly, we broaden the student social system into a social task system with three dimensions: relationships between teachers and students, relationships among students, and the social climate of the school. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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