Physical education curriculum is being adapted in some locations creating an alternative option for students to earn their credit. Some curriculums are offering an option for students to earn their credit by participating in physical activity outside of the traditional classroom. The purpose of this study is to examine the advantages and disadvantages of offering independent physical education to determine if it is a meaningful adaptation to current curricula. This study’s findings are primarily based from semi-structured interviews focusing on perceptions from involved teachers, as well as students. Teacher perceptions are shared from two different locations that offer two varying approaches to independent physical education. The implications are also explored through observing involved students and examining relevant artefacts. Throughout this study, implications are explored in regards to five domains of Physical Education: Physical, Lifestyle, Cognitive, Affective, and Social. Results indicated that while there is limited evidence in some areas, there are many benefits associated with the independent option if there are appropriate requirements in place for the learner. This option is a promoter of lifelong fitness, and allows students an opportunity to put their knowledge and skill toward building a lifestyle of human wellness outside of a traditional setting. Providing students with an opportunity of independence, when they demonstrate a readiness to do so, can be a potential advancement for physical education.
|Commitee:||Eckmann, Terry, Spelchen, Melissa J.|
|School:||Minot State University|
|School Location:||United States -- North Dakota|
|Source:||MAI 58/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Physical education, Curriculum development|
|Keywords:||Education, Independence, Lifestyle, Physical education, Wellness|
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