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Physical Literacy across the World

1st Edition

Edited by Margaret Whitehead


290 pages | 32 B/W Illus.

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Physical Literacy across the World records the progress of the concept of physical literacy over the last decade. It examines developments, issues and controversies in physical literacy studies, and looks at how the concept has been implemented around the world.

Contributions from practitioners and researchers across the world tell unique stories of the way physical literacy is changing perceptions of physical activity through research and the generation of scholarly writing, the creation of new national and local policies, and the development of partnerships with a range of professions. The book argues that physical literacy has value beyond formal education, such as in occupational and recreational settings, as well as for early years children and older people, and shows how life story methods can explain our physical literacy journeys. At root, it sets out a case for the significance and value of physical literacy as making a notable contribution to human flourishing.

This is important reading for anyone with an interest in physical activity, health and well-being, sport studies, physical education, or the philosophy related to physical activity.

Table of Contents

Part I: Physical Literacy Moving Forward

1. Overview and Recent Developments in Physical Literacy

Margaret Whitehead

2. Definition of Physical Literacy – Developments and Issues

Margaret Whitehead

3. Aspects of Physical Literacy – Clarification and Discussion With Particular Reference to the Physical Domain

Margaret Whitehead

4. In Support of Physical Literacy Throughout Life

Margaret Whitehead

5. What Does Physical Literacy Look Like? Overarching Principles and Specific Descriptions

Margaret Whitehead

6. Charting the Physical Literacy Journey

Margaret Whitehead

Part II: International Perspectives on Physical Literacy

7. Introduction to International Perspectives on Physical Literacy

Margaret Whitehead

8. A Brief History of Physical Literacy in Australia

Richard Keegan, Dean Dudley and Lisa Barnett

9. Physical Literacy in Canada

Dwayne Sheehan, Dan Robinson and Lynn Randall

10. Perspectives on Physical Literacy in Continental Europe

Jeroen Koekoek, Niek Pot, Wytse Walinga and Ivo van Hilvoorde

11. Physical Literacy in India

Pankaj Markandey and Nigel Green

12. Aotearoa/New Zealand’s Physical Literacy Journey

Karen Laurie

13. Physical and Food Literacy: A Holistic Approach to Public Health in Scotland

Chris Topping, Jo Kopela, Isla Gibson and Sandy Whitelaw

14. Physical Literacy in the United States of America

E. Paul Roetert

15. Physical Literacy Development in Wales

Helen Hughes

16. Reflection on International Perspectives

Margaret Whitehead

Part III: Physical Literacy – Establishing Significance and Looking Ahead

17. Physical Literacy as a Journey

Liz Taplin

18. Human Flourishing and Physical Literacy

Elizabeth Durden-Myers and Margaret Whitehead

19. Human Flourishing, Human Nature and Physical Literacy

Elizabeth Durden-Myers and Margaret Whitehead

20. The Significance of Physical Literacy in Human Life, Conclusions and the Way Ahead

Margaret Whitehead

About the Editor

Margaret Whitehead is Visiting Professor at the University of Bedfordshire, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Physical Education and Youth Sport

The Routledge Studies in Physical Education and Youth Sport series is a forum for the discussion of the latest and most important ideas and issues in physical education, sport, and active leisure for young people across school, club and recreational settings. The series presents the work of the best well-established and emerging scholars from around the world, offering a truly international perspective on policy and practice. It aims to enhance our understanding of key challenges, to inform academic debate, and to have a high impact on both policy and practice, and is thus an essential resource for all serious students of physical education and youth sport.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Physical Education
SPORTS & RECREATION / Coaching / General