ERIC Number: EJ944206
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
Integrated, Articulated Fitness and Health Curriculum and Methods of Evaluation
Repovich, Wendy E. S.
Forum on Public Policy Online, v2011 n1 2011
Physical Education programs have monitored physical fitness and sport skills since the 1950's when the President's Council on Physical Fitness was formed. Unfortunately we have seen two divergent paths, the first is a dramatic decline in physical activity time often accompanied by a decline in fitness, and an equally dramatic increase in overweight and obesity. In the mid 1990's educators in Washington State realized there was a significant problem and set about creating change. Standards were set for programs and school districts began redesigning curriculum. Spokane Public Schools completely redesigned their curriculum to address both problems. The result of three years of work was an integrated, articulated, progressive curriculum designed to educate students on both why and how they can be active throughout life and the expected benefit of a healthier, more fit population. Five years of Carol M. White PEP grant funds helped the district implement and evaluate the curricular change. Some may consider the results a "failure" because fitness scores have not changed (including body composition), but to others it may be seen as finally stopping the decline and just maybe we will be able to head our students back on the path to lifelong health and wellness.
Descriptors: Physical Education, Obesity, Body Composition, Health Education, Physical Activities, Physical Fitness, Educational Change, Standards, School Districts, Scores, Wellness, Curriculum Design, Grants
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Washington