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ERIC Number: EJ869572
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0031-8981
Enacting the Spiritual Dimension in Physical Education
Lodewyk, Ken; Lu, Chunlei; Kentel, Jeanne
Physical Educator, v66 n4 p170-179 Win 2009
Spirituality is a fundamental, everyday life process involving a joy of living, sacrifice and love for others, and a connection to self, others, nature, and to a larger meaning or purpose. Distinct from moral or religious beliefs, spirituality engages interactively with the psyche, body, and sociocultural setting to influence human functioning, holistic health, and moral outcomes like altruism and well-being. In this paper, we consider that spiritual health has been overshadowed in physical education due to an emphasis that is intent on transforming the body without giving full consideration to the whole person. We propose that the spirit could be more clearly and openly developed through physical education and suggest ways to reorient existing physical education curricula and pedagogy to better integrate culturally novel movement orientations, explicitly promote a balanced and mindful disposition, and provide experiences that provoke students to become more spiritually aware. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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