Chapter 8: Collective Action for Learning, Improvement, and Redesign

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  • 1 University at Albany SUNY
  • | 2 Illinois State University
  • | 3 University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
  • | 4 Middle Tennessee State University
  • | 5 SHAPE America
  • | 6 University of South Carolina
  • | 7 Arizona State University
  • | 8 The Ohio State University
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The pandemic, imperatives for human and civil rights, growing economic challenges, new accountability requirements, and distance-delivered learning technologies are reminders of novel 21st-century needs, problems, challenges, and opportunities. All demand a sense of urgency. Building on selected traditions and achievements, today’s futuristic planning offers timely opportunities to make history. Founded on the idea of a physical education system—with roles and responsibilities for every stakeholder (e.g., teacher, teacher educator)—this new agenda transcends what individuals can accomplish. It requires collective action. Collective action necessitates special formations, such as professional learning communities; social networks; and partnerships among schools, communities, universities, and professional associations, both state and national. In turn, these formations require organizers and facilitators. Examples illustrate collective action’s potential, also indicating why it must be a shared priority for professional education, professional development, and professional associations.

Lawson is with the University at Albany SUNY, Albany, NY, USA. Jones is with the Illinois State University, Normal, IL, USA. Beddoes is with the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, WI, USA. Estes is with the Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, USA. Morris is with SHAPE America, Reston, VA, USA. Mitchell is with the Graduate School, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA. van der Mars is with Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA. Ward is with the Ohio State University, Ohio, USA.

Lawson (hlawson@albany.edu) is corresponding author.
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