ERIC Number: EJ990882
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
Pre-K Physical Education: Universal Initiatives and Teacher Preparation Recommendations
Ross, Susan M.
Quest, v65 n1 p1-13 2013
The "National Physical Activity Plan", as well as professional and government agencies (NASPE, 2008a; US Department of Health and Human Services, 2000) acknowledge pre-kindergarten (pre-K) children should be part of comprehensive school physical activity initiatives anchored in quality physical education programming. These recommendations come at a time when (a) state funded pre-K enrollments in 2010 exceeded more than 1.2 million children, (b) states are granting universal access to pre-K educational programming, and (c) there is a rapid increase in obesity among our nation's youngest children. Accordingly, physical education teacher education faculty may need to re-evaluate the extent to which graduates are prepared for delivering physical education programming to a younger group of learners. The article will examine the increasing prevalence of pre-K children in public schools, teacher preparation initiatives and concerns, and provide recommendations for preparing preservice physical education teachers.
Descriptors: Physical Education, Physical Activities, Physical Education Teachers, Physical Activity Level, Teacher Education Programs, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Incidence, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Comprehensive Programs, Educational Quality, Educational Development, Educational Opportunities, Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers, Educational Practices
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Higher Education; Kindergarten; Preschool Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States