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ERIC Number: EJ886377
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0730-3084
Educational Gymnastics: Enhancing Children's Physical Literacy
Baumgarten, Sam; Pagnano-Richardson, Karen
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD), v81 n4 p18-25 Apr 2010
Virtually all current physical education curriculum guides and textbooks include sections on learner outcomes based on the national standards for physical education, which often refer to gymnastics skills. Gymnastics is a perfect venue for teaching movement concepts, developing and maintaining overall body fitness, fostering personal and social responsibility, and encouraging self-expression while enhancing self-esteem in a success-oriented environment. However, educational gymnastics seems to have lost its rightful place as an essential contributor to the development of children's physical literacy. This article considers the notion, meaning, and importance of "educational gymnastics" in the hope of decreasing concerns about safety or lack of equipment and providing teachers with tools for planning, implementing, and assessing such activities. (Contains 2 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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