Physical Education: History & Major Contributors


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The origins of our modern physical education classes actually stems from _____ in Germany.

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1. John Dewey saw value in incorporating physical education into public education because _____.

2. Physical education didn't truly begin to have value in the American education system until _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

To pass this quiz on the history of physical education, you'll need to be familiar with John Dewey and Dr. Edward Clarke. You can take this quiz multiple times.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Here's what the quiz will test you on:

  • Origin of modern physical education classes
  • Why John Dewey promoted physical education in public education
  • When physical fitness begin to have value in American education
  • How Dr. Edward Clarke's work hurt women in physical education
  • Physical education classes for African Americans prior to Brown v. Board of Education

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the history of physical education
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about the reason John Dewey promoted physical education into public education and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Dr. Edward Clarke's work

Additional Learning

Explore this topic further by reviewing the related lesson titled Physical Education: History & Major Contributors. Here's a snapshot of what the lesson covers:

  • Plato's school, known as Akademia
  • Where the first college gymnasium in the U.S. was
  • The first state to require exercise periods during the school day
  • Catharine Beecher as the founding mother of physical education for girls
  • Aaron Molineaux Hewlett and his work
  • What the Title IX education amendments say