Chapter 2: Student Performance Data, School Attributes, and Relationships

Mitchell, Murray; Castelli, Darla; Strainer, Skip
October 2003
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education;Oct2003, Vol. 22 Issue 5, p494
Academic Journal
Physical educators have generally been unwilling to assess outcomes and in most cases to minimally define those outcomes. Physical education as a school subject in the U.S. can be characterized as largely void of both consensus and accountability. There has been a sense that this lack of consensus somehow preserves the right of every teacher in every school to teach what they want to students — a right not granted to teachers in the core academic areas of the school curriculum. The rationale for this approach is that it provides opportunities for good teachers to be creative and to design appropriate curriculum. Instead, it could be argued that the lack of defined outcomes and accountability for their achievement has done nothing but ensure that many school programs accomplish very little.


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