This book outlines an approach to teaching and learning in physical education that prioritises meaningful experiences for pupils, using case studies to illustrate how practitioners have implemented this approach across international contexts.
Prioritising the idea of meaningfulness positions movement as a primary way to enrich the quality of young people’s lives, shifting the focus of physical education programs to better suit the needs of contemporary young learners and resist the utilitarian health-oriented views of physical education that currently predominate in many schools and policy documents. The book draws on the philosophy of physical education to articulate the main rationale for prioritising meaningful experiences, before identifying potential and desired outcomes for participants. It highlights the distinct characteristics of meaningful physical education and its content, and outlines teaching and learning principles and strategies, supported by pedagogical cases that show what meaningful physical education can look like in school-based teaching and in higher education-based teacher education.
With an emphasis on good pedagogical practice, this is essential reading for all pre-service and in-service physical education teachers or coaches working in youth sport.
Part I: Introducing Meaningful Physical Education
1 The Why, What, and How of Meaningful Physical Education
Tim Fletcher, Déirdre Ní Chróinín, Douglas Gleddie and Stephanie Beni
Part II: Meaningful Physical Education by Teachers
2 Meaningful Physical Education in an Individual Pursuits Unit
3 Meaningful Physical Education with Immigrant Newcomers
4 Committing to the Idea of Meaningful Physical Education in Teaching Practice
5 Meaningful PE as a Metaphor for Teaching PE
Part III: Meaningful Physical Education by Teacher Educators
6 Meaningful PETE
Déirdre Ní Chróinín and Tim Fletcher
7 Learning to Teach Generalist Primary Teachers How to Prioritize Meaningful Experiences in Physical Education
Maura Coulter, Richard Bowles and Tony Sweeney
8 Teaching Teachers about Meaningful Physical Education in a Northern Canadian Setting
Douglas Gleddie and Jodi Harding-Kuriger
Part IV: Moving Forward with Meaningful Physical Education
9 Reflections on and Possibilities for Meaningful Physical Education
Mary O’Sullivan with Michelle Alberts, Laura Boudens, Nadeen Halls, Autumn Nesdoly and Ty Riddick