1st Edition

Redesigning Physical Education An Equity Agenda in Which Every Child Matters

Edited By Hal A. Lawson Copyright 2018
    280 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    280 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Redesigning Physical Education is a bold and innovative manifesto for the fundamental redesign of physical education for the twenty-first-century world. Aiming at better outcomes for children, better working conditions for teachers, and innovative solutions to the decline of school PE, it calls for a transnational collective action project based on new research frameworks, stressing the fundamental importance of health-enhancing, life-enriching active participation for all children and young people.

    Action-oriented and evidence-based, the book examines the key challenges driving change, including the equity agenda, institutionalization, outcome and accountability based teaching, and physical activity requirements in schools. With a truly international scope, the text explores perspectives from the USA, Canada, Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and Italy.

    This is important reading for students and academics studying and working in physical education, kinesiology, public health, and children’s physical activity. It is also a valuable resource for pediatric exercise specialists, especially sport and exercise psychologists.

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    List of Boxes

    List of Contributors

    Foreword by Kathleen Armour


    Part I Toward a Redesign Agenda: The United States as a Case Example


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    1 Physical Education in the Industrial Age School: An Institutional Perspective

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    2 Achieving Desirable Outcomes at Scale in an Era of Results-based Accountability

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    3 Redesign as an Adaptive Problem Facilitated by Theories of Change

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    4 From Whole Group Pedagogy to Tailor-made Interventions

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    5 Research and Development to Guide and Defend Redesign

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    Part II International Perspectives

    6 Redesigning American Physical Education: A Second View

    K. Andrew R. Richards, Thomas J. Templin, Amelia Mays Woods, and Kim C. Graber

    7 Redesigning Physical Education in Canada

    Tim Fletcher, Jenna Larusso, and Joannie Halas

    8 Redesigning Physical Education in Scotland

    David Kirk, Farid Bardid, Cara Lamb, John D. Millar, and Eishin Teraoka

    9 Re-imagination and Re-design in Physical Education: Implicit and Explicit Models in England and Wales

    Ken Green, Lorraine Cale, and Jo Harris

    10 Redesigning Physical Education in Ireland: Significant redesign over modest reforms?

    Ann MacPhail, Mary O’Sullivan, Deborah Tannehill, and Melissa Parker

    11 Considering the Redesign of Physical Education in Aotearoa New Zealand

    Ben Dyson, Dillon Landi, and Barrie Gordon

    12 Re-visioning the Australian Curriculum for Health and Physical Education

    Doune Macdonald, Eimear Enright, and Louise McCuaig

    13 Redesigning Physical Education in Italy: The Potential of a Network Ecosystem

    Caterina Pesce, Rosalba Marchetti, Anna Motta, Franca Marzocchi, Liliana Leone, and Philip D. Tomporowski

    Part III Summary Findings, Lessons Learned, and Implications

    14 Agenda-setting: Continuous Improvement Alongside Redesign

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    Hal A. Lawson is Professor of Educational Policy and Leadership, and of Social Welfare at the University at Albany, The State University of New York, USA.