Seismic Shift and 21st Century PE: Survival of a Professional Field in Academics

By Mark H. Zmudy.

Published by The Sport Collection

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Physical education around the globe has moved toward curricula that are more life-long activity oriented catering to a wider range of student abilities. This shift has seen increased inclusion of cooperative outdoor and adventurous activities in PETE and formal school PE, rather than the previous heavy reliance on competitive team sports. Research indicates professionals currently see barriers and benefits of outdoor PE similar to those previously reported including equipment, training, and cost as barriers; and increased self-concept and self-esteem, as well as improved socialization and cooperation amongst students through deemphasizing competition as benefits; all suggesting reliance on outdated concepts of outdoor physical education. If PE is to survive as an academic subject in both higher education and the formal school setting, the profession must thrust forward to fulfill its actual potential. Implications and pedagogical suggestions for PETE programs and formal school PE teachers toward future practices are discussed and provided.

Keywords: Seismic Shift, Physical Education Pedagogy, Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 4, Issue 4, February 2015, pp.99-111. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 610.346KB).

Dr. Mark H. Zmudy

Assistant Professor, College of Education and Human Service Professions, Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, University of Minnesota, Duluth, Minnesota, USA