Academic journal article New Zealand Physical Educator

Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility through Physical Activity (3Rd Edition)

Academic journal article New Zealand Physical Educator

Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility through Physical Activity (3Rd Edition)

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TEACHING PERSONAL AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY THROUGH PHYSICAL ACTIVITY (3RD EDITION) Don Hellison. Human Kinetics $38.00. ISBN 13: 9780736094702

One of the features we often claim in Physical Education is the ability to develop positive character traits and strong moral values in our students. Don Hellison has dedicated the last 40 years of his life to searching for strategies to achieve these lofty goals. This is the third edition of 'Teaching Personaland Social Responsibility through Physical Activity' where Hellison shares his vision and passion with Physical Educators and others working with youth. He refers to the spirit of TPSR as "empowering and encouraging reflection with the goal of making smart personal and social choices".

This book has similar chapters and layout as previous versions with added refinement through Hellisons on-going research and dialogue. There is a wider scope to recognise youth development programmes that are not school based. The book is divided into 3 parts. The ideas section introduces the background and framework of the levels. Here Hellison admits that there are no silver bullets to solve the problems of our youth but that TPSR may plant some seeds that will lead to better decision making and ultimately becoming better members of our community. The strategies section gives the reader progressions and different approaches depending on what level, size and maturity of your group. …

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