An investigation in to what extent is young people’s Physical Literacy skills developed in PE?
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The aim of this study was to explore the concept of Physical Literacy within Physical Education (PE). The concept of physical literacy is formed with the attributes motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding and effective interaction which are all interlinked and share reciprocal interrelationships with each other (Whitehead, 2010). There has been very limited research on how Physical Literacy can be fostered within a Physical Education environment. This study explored the importance of Physical Literacy within lessons and the current strategies being used by teachers to develop this concept. Four PE teachers in two secondary schools were each interviewed by the researcher in order to explore their thoughts, feelings and opinions of Physical Literacy. Two of the PE teachers were heads of department (PE) at their school and the other two PE teachers were newly qualified teachers with just one to four years experience within the teaching field. The semi-structured interviews focused on four key themes; motivation, confidence, physical competence and knowledge and understanding. Both inductive and deductive content analysis was used to analyse the data collected from these interviews and to obtain the results. The results of this study identified that Physical Literacy was a requirement within Physical Education lessons in order for children to be physically literate and to lead physically active healthy lifestyles. The study also identified a relationship between a lack of knowledge of Physical Literacy and how it can be embedded into Physical Education lessons. Future studies could look at a case study approach implementing in two different secondary schools to gain a further understanding of Physical Literacy and the strategies currently being used to develop this emerging concept
DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) SPORT AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
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