Contemporary Crisis or Emerging Reform? A Review of Secondary School Physical Education

Stroot, Sandra A.
July 1994
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education;Jul1994, Vol. 13 Issue 4, p333
Academic Journal
The article presents a review of the current scholarly literature on physical education in the U.S. The author addresses three major themes as she presents the review, reform, curriculum and context. Despite examples of successful programs for secondary physical education, it is noted that they are the exception, and they are usually found in a single school, and never in an entire district. It is also pointed out that most high school physical education programs are regarded as recreational, rather than providing a meaningful experience for students. In addition, as budgets are stretched beyond reasonable limits, there is the possibility that physical education will become further endangered. There is a clear need to demonstrate that physical education contributes to the school curriculum.


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