Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

School Policy Makers' Views of the Importance of Physical Education in the Curriculum. (Peer-Reviewed Symposia)

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

School Policy Makers' Views of the Importance of Physical Education in the Curriculum. (Peer-Reviewed Symposia)

Article excerpt

With financial problems and budget constraints, policy makers are often forced to assess the value of physical education relative to other school subjects and this is often based on their perception of the benefits of physical education. This investigation was designed to determine the importance that school policy makers attach to physical education, their perception as to the benefits of physical education to the "core" curriculum, and their specific knowledge of physical activity as a means of enhancing cognitive development. To address these issues, a 12-question survey was given to 10 school board members and 20 principals and assistant principals of elementary and high schools. In ranking eight school subjects from "most to least important," the highest ranked were language arts and math and the lowest were physical education and health. The midranked subjects were sciences, history, foreign language and fine arts. Most believed the top-ranked "core" subjects were necessaz forfuture academic pursuits and employment. Some mentioned that lower ranked subjects like physical health and activity as best instilled by parents. …

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