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A Generative Synthesis for Kinesiology: Lessons from History and Visions for the Future

Hal A. Lawson and R. Scott Kretchmar

Debates-as-battles have characterized the histories of physical education and kinesiology. This colorful part of the field’s history was characterized by leaders’ narrow, rigid views, and it paved the way for divisiveness, excessive specialization, and fragmentation. Today’s challenge is to seek common purpose via stewardship-oriented dialogue, and it requires a return to first order questions regarding purposes, ethics, values, moral imperatives, and social responsibilities. These questions are especially timely insofar as kinesiology risks running on a kind of automatic pilot, seemingly driven by faculty self-interests and buffered from consequential changes in university environments and societal contexts. A revisionist history of kinesiology’s origins and development suggests that it can be refashioned as a helping discipline, one that combines rigor, relevance, and altruism. It gives rise to generative questions regarding what a 21st century discipline prioritizes and does, and it opens opportunity pathways for crossing boundaries and bridging divides. Three sets of conclusions illuminate unrealized possibilities for a vibrant, holistic kinesiology—a renewed discipline that is fit for purpose in 21st century contexts.

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Boundary Crossing and Bridge Building

Hal A. Lawson

confronted more fundamental ones regarding my specialization. My work with local schools was rewarding, but I had not learned how to use it for publications. I felt called to service, but faculty performance evaluations did not reward altruism. The solution was deceptively simple, albeit stressful. I worked

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Is There a Global Narrative for Kinesiology?

Doune Macdonald, Ira Jacobs, Ernest Tsung-Min, and Kari Fasting

Kretchmar ( 2017 ) called for a “generative synthesis” for kinesiology, one that has an interdisciplinary, collaborative, and well-articulated common purpose, “refashioned as a helping discipline, one that combines rigor, relevance, and altruism” (p. 195). We too support these perspectives and echo Lawson

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Competencies Relevant to Physical Activity Specialists in Navigating Mental Health Contexts: A Scoping Review

Ashley McCurdy, Yeong-Bae Kim, Carminda Lamboglia, Cliff Lindeman, Amie Mangan, Guy Faulkner, Wendy Rodgers, and John C. Spence

inquiry. This review may serve as a starting point for those considering the assessment of implementation studies. Many validated approaches exist for examining various competencies identified (e.g., compassion; Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, n.d. ). These findings may also

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Human Movement: In Search of Borderlands Between Philosophy and Physics

Scott Kretchmar and Mark L. Latash

the debate that changed our understanding of time . Princeton University Press . Dawkins , R. ( 1976/2016 ). The selfish gene . Oxford University Press . De Waal , F. ( 2008 ). Putting the altruism back into altruism: The evolution of empathy . Annual Review of Psychology, 59 ( 1 ), 279

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Creating an Institutional Environment That Leads to an Inclusive Culture of Belonging: Kinesiology’s “Impoverishing Errand”

Ketra L. Armstrong

) reported that thriving has resulted in better individual task performance and a greater inclination for better organizational citizenship behaviors, such as courtesy, altruism, and civic virtue. They contended that thriving leads to expanded learning, vitality, and innovative work behaviors. When

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The National Academy of Kinesiology: Its Founding, Focus, and Future

Bradley J. Cardinal

professional successes have resulted in countless acts of generosity. Their contributions have included financial gifts and property. The benefactors of their altruism include causes, individuals, institutions, and organizations. Several examples have been featured throughout this essay. A sampling of