Teaching Value Laden Curricula in Physical Education

in Journal of Teaching in Physical Education
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Research on physical educators’ value orientations has identified five orientations: disciplinary mastery, learning process, self-actualization, social responsibility, and ecological integration. An interpretive research design was used to compare the extent to which 2 physical education teachers’ content differed because of their value orientations. Findings revealed that the 2 teachers established curriculum goals and emphasized aspects of the physical education content that were associated with their individual value orientations. Dan, a learning-process-oriented teacher, stressed teaching students learning skills by breaking down movement skills into simple elements. John, a social-responsibility-oriented teacher, emphasized teaching social responsibility through physical activities. Both teachers viewed learning physical activities as a means to develop students’ analytic or social skills. However, philosophical differences were found in how curricular goals and content were determined. The findings suggest that clarifying teachers’ value orientations should be considered an appropriate initial step in curriculum innovation and change.

Ang Chen is with the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation at the University of Hawaii, 1337 Lower Campus Road, Honolulu, HI 96822. Catherine D. Ennis is with the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-2611.

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