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Ch 2: Physical Education History & Trends

About This Chapter

Use the lessons contained in this chapter to learn the history and trends of physical education. The instructors of each lesson will go over comprehensive overviews of each topic included in the chapter.

Physical Education History & Trends - Chapter Summary

The field of physical education is more complex than it may seem to a lay observer. In fact, there is a whole history of trends within physical education that anyone who wishes to pursue it should know about. These engaging lessons will provide you with helpful information on this history and related topics.

In this chapter, you'll learn about important figures in the history of physical education, as well as the educational philosophies relevant to it. Once you have gone over these points, you will then learn about some contemporary issues and trends relevant to physical education. The lessons will specifically provide you with a much better understanding of:

  • The definition and overview of physical education
  • Current trends in physical education
  • The causes and prevention of childhood obesity
  • Law affecting physical education
  • Physical education national standards

Multiple-choice lesson quizzes let you assess your knowledge, and there is a comprehensive exam at the end of the chapter. Our mobile device-friendly format allows you to study anywhere you have internet access.

11 Lessons in Chapter 2: Physical Education History & Trends
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is Physical Education? - Definition & Overview

1. What is Physical Education? - Definition & Overview

In this lesson you will learn about physical education and how it contributes to total growth and development in youth. You will also gain an understanding of what a quality physical education program looks like.

Physical Education: History & Major Contributors

2. Physical Education: History & Major Contributors

The history of physical education dates back to ancient Greece, but it's been a long and winding road to today's classes. Along the way, women and African Americans made significant contributions, despite unequal access to physical education classes.

Past & Present Physical Education Philosophies

3. Past & Present Physical Education Philosophies

In this lesson, you will learn about the educational philosophies of physical education. Both past and present philosophies will be discussed in detail.

What is Childhood Obesity? - Causes, Statistics & Prevention

4. What is Childhood Obesity? - Causes, Statistics & Prevention

You may have seen headlines concerning the steady rise of childhood obesity, but do you know what the term means or what causes it? This lesson takes a closer look at the issue of childhood obesity and helps you understand causes and prevention.

Current Trends in Physical Education

5. Current Trends in Physical Education

Back in the day, physical education classes were all about dodge ball, kick ball, and other fun team sports. Today, not so much. The lack of activity in children's free time has meant a new look at how physical education is taught in schools. Read on to find out what this means to crab soccer players today.

Issues, Trends & Laws Affecting Physical Education Activities

6. Issues, Trends & Laws Affecting Physical Education Activities

Physical education courses are a fundamental part of our nation's K-12 school programs. P.E. is a progressive field. This lesson discusses the current issues, trends, and laws affecting physical education activities.

Equitable Learning Experiences in Physical Education Classes

7. Equitable Learning Experiences in Physical Education Classes

Ensuring equity in education is important to teachers and policymakers. This lesson discusses what it means to think about equitable learning experiences, specifically in the context of physical education classes.

California State Physical Education Standards

8. California State Physical Education Standards

This lesson will provide an overview of California state physical education standards. State standards at the elementary/middle and high school levels will be discussed.

National Standards for Physical Education

9. National Standards for Physical Education

What should a student in a PE class be able to know and do at each grade level? In this lesson, we'll look at an overview of national physical education standards provided by SHAPE America. These standards can be followed exactly or act as a baseline for all school districts nationwide.

Designing PE Programs Based on National & State Standards

10. Designing PE Programs Based on National & State Standards

This lesson will teach you how to design effective standardized physical education programs. It'll guide you through the process of backwards planning and evaluating to create the depth and order of the content.

Physical Education Organizations & Resources

11. Physical Education Organizations & Resources

In this lesson, we will discuss professional organizations and resources that support physical education, including associations that specialize in physical education, sports medicine, and general education.

Chapter Practice Exam
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