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Social Foundations Of Physical Education (PED-641)

Semester: Spring 2021
Number: 0852-641-001
Instructor: Diana Stein
Days: Wednesday 6:00 pm - 7:50 pm
Note: Traditional In-Person Class
Location: Garden City - Woodruff Hall 253
Credits: 3
Course Materials: View Text Books

In meeting the New York State Standards, the course presents an overview of social theory applied to physical activity. Interactions between males and females, cultural awareness, and diversity issues presented.

Learning Goals:   Assertions that physical education has a positive effect upon social values have been made ever since the subject became part of the school curriculum in the early twentieth century. Claims that physical education enhanced “character development”, and that positive social education occurred “through the physical”, were originally based on the assumption that participation in physical activity and sports intrinsically instilled such values. Current curriculum guidelines (e.g., NASPE Standards, New York State Learning Standards) maintain this commitment to the social by stressing the importance of developing personal living skills (e.g., cooperation, negotiation, and ethnic, race and gender tolerance) via physical education and sport. These skills are perceived as essential, as society is faced with problems such as a lack of moral consensus, increased commodification, and ethnocentrism. While they maintain an emphasis on social values, contemporary physical educators realize that these values do not occur automatically. They must be “taught” via specific programs using physical activity and sport as the medium. In this course, students analyze the social issues (e.g. gender, race, consumerism, citizenship) confronting educators, and review the curriculum models that have been developed in physical education to counter social problems. In summary, we consider the ways in which commitment to civility, tolerance, consumer responsibility, self-control, and personal health can be advanced through the physical education curriculum.

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