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ERIC Number: EJ931564
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0892-4562
AAA Roadmap for Navigating Religion in Physical Education
Kahan, David
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, v24 n4 p20-24 Mar-Apr 2011
The majority of Americans identify with a religious faith, and the connection between religious beliefs/behaviors and health behaviors make it important to understand teachers' role and influence in this regard. The purpose of this article is to inform readers regarding (1) religious demographics in the United States; (2) the relationship between religion and health--with particular emphasis on physical activity; (3) ways that students' religious beliefs may need to be accommodated by physical educators; and (4) resources and techniques that can help teachers understand their students' religious beliefs so they can be provided appropriate opportunities to reach and maintain recommended physical activity levels. The article uses the theme of a roadmap based on an adaptation of the initials for the Automobile Association of America (AAA)--Acknowledgement, Acceptance, and Accommodation. The AAA roadmap paves the way for physical educators to navigate a path toward informed inclusion of their religious students. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. 1900 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191. Tel: 800-213-7193; Fax: 703-476-9527; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States