ERIC Number: EJ1036559
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
The Pill Not Taken: Revisiting Physical Education Teacher Effectiveness in a Public Health Context
McKenzie, Thomas L.; Lounsbery, Monica A. F.
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, v85 n3 p287-292 2014
In "Physical Education Teacher Effectiveness in a Public Health Context," we took a broad view of physical education (PE) teacher effectiveness that included public health need and support for PE. Public health officials have been consistent and fervent in their support of PE, and for more than two decades, they have called on schools to promote and provide physical activity. They have strongly recommended PE because: (a) It is part of the formalized school curriculum and an essential access point to provide and promote physical activity for nearly all children, and (b) it is the only venue where the least active children experience physical activity at higher intensities. Within the current marginalized status of PE, public health is an ally. Hence, we took a broad public health position, indicated that teacher effectiveness is tied closely to PE program effectiveness, identified physical activity and its assessment as important parts of PE, offered a vision of teacher effectiveness that goes beyond the PE lesson to include components of the comprehensive school physical activity model, and emphasized the need for the collection of data to support PE and physical activity programs. We have read the written reviews and listened to dialogue about our article. In this follow-up article, we address the major comments using 4 themes: prioritizing public health over other PE emphases, PE having a muddled mission, concerns about physical activity, and extending the roles and skills of physical educators.
Descriptors: Physical Education, Physical Education Teachers, Public Health, Physical Activities, Physical Activity Level, Physical Fitness, Teacher Effectiveness, Curriculum Design, Goal Orientation, Teacher Role, Elementary School Students, Secondary School Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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