The Teaching of Philosophy through Selected Modes and Models in Physical Education

Battinelli, Thomas
April 1983
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education;Spring1983, Vol. 2 Issue 3, p43
Academic Journal
Physical education theories and practices have always been influenced by the prevailing philosophies of the times. Such theories and practices have essentially reflected the nature and significance of the field of physical education relative to goals, knowledges, values and processes. The study of philosophy has also been concerned with the humanistic development of rational bases for thought, direction and action. The inherent knowledges that can be derived from pertinent philosophical study can, therefore, be of benefit to major students in physical education professional preparation programs. Educational philosophy can be taught and studied as an exemplification of life and learning at given times in different societies. Representative philosophers can be selected for study and presented as models to reflect their thoughts, times and places in history. A diversity of teaching modes advocated by each of these philosophers can also be utilized for presentation purposes. In this manner, philosophers and their physical education positions can be studied within historical settings realistically simulated to reflect the issues of the past as well as the present.


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