The American Kinesiology Association Core Content for Kinesiology Programs: From Concept to Curriculum

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The American Kinesiology Association identified the essential core content for undergraduate kinesiology-based academic programs. The core includes 4 content elements: physical activity in health, wellness, and quality of life; scientific foundations of physical activity; cultural, historical, and philosophical dimensions of physical activity; and the practice of physical activity. This article, expanding on the development of the core, describes the 4 elements in more detail, suggests methods for assessing student learning outcomes for the core content, and provides examples of the inclusion of the core in undergraduate curricula. Finally, a case study is presented that addresses how a department revised its kinesiology curriculum using the core elements to refocus its undergraduate degree program.

Chodzko-Zajko is with the Graduate College, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL. Taylor is with the Dept. of Public and Allied Health Sciences, Delaware State University, Dover, DE. Reeve is with the American Kinesiology Association, Champaign, IL.

Chodzko-Zajko (Wojtek@illinois.edu) is corresponding author.
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