Physical Education Courses in Higher Education: The Profile of the Coordinators in Brazil

By Ana Lúcia Padrão dos Santos.

Published by Journal of Sports Pedagogy and Physical Education

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In Brazil, only individuals who have the higher education degree in Physical Education and register with the Federal Council of Physical Education have permission to work on the sports, physical education, and fitness areas. In higher education, the coordinator of the course is responsible for pedagogic projects and curriculum, which should include general and specific cognizance, based on scientific knowledge. This study aims to analyze the profile of the coordinators of Physical Education courses in higher education institutions in Brazil. The method used was documentary research and content analysis of legislation and official documents of the federal government. Information from 288 coordinators and 318 institutions was analyzed. We found the educational degrees held by coordinators included 12.8 percent with specialists, 62.8 percent masters, 21.1 percent doctors, and 2.7 percent postdoctoral level. Concerning experience in the position, 56.1 percent worked as coordinators less than three years and 49.7 percent had no previous expertise in this position. The results suggest some incompatibility between course coordinators’ profile and the characteristics needed for the development of appropriate and academically grounded pedagogical projects. This dissonance may influence the education of the future generation of professionals in Physical Education and Sports.
Financial Support: Grant 2015/17100-3, São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP).

Keywords: Coaching, Physical Education, Higher Education

Journal of Sports Pedagogy and Physical Education, Volume 7, Issue 4, December 2016, pp.1-13. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1017.910KB).

Ana Lúcia Padrão dos Santos

Researcher, Sport Department, School of Physical Education and Sport, Universty of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil