Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Developing and Field Testing Socially Critical Elementary Adventure Physical Education Curriculum. (Pedagogy)

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Developing and Field Testing Socially Critical Elementary Adventure Physical Education Curriculum. (Pedagogy)

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This study was part of a larger project merging the need for more systematic and field tested adventure education curriculum with recent calls for incorporating social objectives into school physical education. Our purpose was to develop and field test elementary adventure physical education curriculum. Based on literature reviews, we developed a 30-lesson unit organized around social themes inherent in adventure content such as empathy, cooperation, trust, and communication. Each lesson had three parts; an introduction of the social theme of the lesson, an adventure activity that highlighted the theme, and an ending debriefing where the teacher helped students connect the lesson theme with their activity experiences and experiences in other areas of life. We then trained seven experienced elementary physical education teachers and field tested the curriculum in their home schools. Each teacher taught six 30-mm lessons to students in grades three and four. We used participant observation methodology to collec t data through 24 field observations, 38 teacher interviews, and 82 elementary student interviews; and analyzed data and developed interpretations through constant comparison, negative case analysis, and member checks. Through this process, we identified three themes or principles related to effective implementation of the curriculum--the importance of the introduction for setting the stage for social learning, the need for continuity between social themes and adventure activities, and the need for deep and thorough debriefings. …

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