Educators are challenged to create conditions under which instruction has a reasonable probability of improving students’ knowledge and behavior. In high school physical education courses this problem is accentuated when adolescents are not highly receptive to traditional methods of instruction. The answer may lie in curriculum design wherein courses are better packaged to maintain student interest and involvement. The Albuquerque Public School System explored this concept during two consecutive summer terms. An innovative physical education course incorporating unique field experiences, high levels of participation, and reinforcement of individual responsibility was designed and implemented in a pilot project. When compared to traditional physical education classes, mixed results were obtained for various physical fitness measures and knowledge scores. The implications for designing physical education courses are discussed.
Annette Phillipp and Neill F. Piland are with the Lovelace Medical Foundation, 2441 Ridgecrest Dr. S.E., Albuquerque, NM 87108. Jerry Seidenwurm is with the Albuquerque Public Schools, 930-A Oak St., S.E., Albuquerque, NM 87106. Howard L. Smith is with the Anderson School of Management, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131.