Humanizing the Undergraduate Physical Education Curriculum

in Journal of Teaching in Physical Education
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Institutions have an impact on the value systems of their inhabitants. A university, as an institution, exerts its influence on the undergraduates’ values, in large measure through the curriculum, which has as one of its functions teaching specific ways of looking at the world. Based on these insights, certain philosophical issues are raised regarding the impact the undergraduate curriculum is likely to have on our students with regard to their understanding and appreciation of persons. Once acquired, this understanding has considerable import for their professional practice. A survey of the undergraduate curricula in Canadian universities was conducted, and the results showed the sparse offerings in the humanities when compared to the biophysical and social sciences. The branch of learning that is most concerned with a humanistic orientation is the humanities and, at times, psychology and sociology. Recommendations are made to reorder the curriculum to provide better balance.

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