Physical Literacy: Throughout the Lifecourse

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Margaret Whitehead
Routledge, Apr 7, 2010 - Education - 256 pages
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  • What is physical literacy?
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The term ‘physical literacy’ describes the motivation, confidence, physical competence, understanding and knowledge that individuals develop in order to maintain physical activity at an appropriate level throughout their life. Physical literacy encompasses far more than physical education in schools or structured sporting activities, offering instead a broader conception of physical activity, unrelated to ability. Through the use of particular pedagogies and the adoption of new modes of thinking, physical literacy promises more realistic models of physical competence and physical activity for a wider population, offering opportunities for everyone to become active and motivated participants.

This is the first book to fully explore the meaning and significance of this important and emerging concept, and also the first book to apply the concept to physical activity across the lifecourse, from infancy to old age. Physical Literacy – explaining the philosophical rationale behind the concept and also including contributions from leading thinkers, educationalists and practitioners – is essential reading for all students and professionals working in physical education, all areas of sport and exercise, and health.


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Physical literacy and the older adult population
List of contributors xi
Motivation to develop the concept of physical literacy 3
The structureofthe
The relationships between the attributes of physical literacy 14
Physical literacy physical competence and interaction with the environment
and in physical activity settings 53 6 Physical literacy thesense of self relationships withothers and
Understanding why people do not exercise enough 118
Physical literacy and lifelong education 124
Physical literacy and individuals witha disability PHILIP VICKERMAN AND KAREN DE PAUW 130
The benefits of physical literacy 136
Context 142
Promoting curriculum physical literacy within and beyond the school
Physicalliteracy and learningand teaching approaches
Qualities and teaching skillsofthe practitioner 167

The physicalselfand physical literacy KENNETH FOX71
Physical literacy and obesity
Development of movement vocabulary movement memory
movementqualitytowards physical competence 106 Play andphysical literacy 111
Conclusion andthe way ahead MARGARET WHITEHEAD 189 The conceptof physicalliteracy 189
Bibliography 212
Index 225

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Margaret Whitehead has spent her career in physical education, teaching and lecturing. Her study of existentialism and phenomenology confirmed her commitment to the value of physical activity for all. She has developed the concept of physical literacy over the past ten years and presented on the topic worldwide.

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