Designing effective programs

Creating curriculum to enhance student learning

Authored by: Donetta J. Cothran

Routledge Handbook of Physical Education Pedagogies

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138820999
eBook ISBN: 9781315743561
Adobe ISBN: 9781317589518


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Think back to your favorite PE memories from your K-12 school years. Was it a favorite sport that still makes you smile or was it a piece of equipment like the parachute or scooter that first came to mind? Now reflect on that experience and exactly what made it your favorite. Did you learn something specific that changed how you moved for a lifetime? Is your memory more about a positive emotion that came from being with friends, experiencing a novel task, or expressing yourself in a creative activity? Perhaps your memory is of competence and victory and having your status as a skilled mover publicly acknowledged? Do you believe everyone in the class experienced the unit in the same way you did? Why do you think your teachers even chose that content for your class? What did they hope you learned, if anything, and did they attempt to measure that learning? Did your parents know about that unit and what did they think about your participation in it? These are all questions of curriculum and the goal of this chapter is to discuss key curricular questions like these and offer recommendations for effective practices.

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