PHED 2670

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Catalog Description

This course is designed to acquaint students with the field of physical education emphasizing teaching and non-teaching careers.  Topics included are history of physical education, fundamentals of research, exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor learning, sociology of sport, sport psychology, sport management, sports medicine, teaching, coaching, and career development in the allied fields of health, recreation and dance.


Introduction to Physical Education Fitness and Sport by Daryl Siedentop, Mayfield Publishing (newest edition)

Expected Educational Results

As a result of successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the overall teaching profession with specific emphasis on physical education
  2. List non-teaching career opportunities in physical education and related areas
  3. Identify the professional non-teaching career opportunities in physical education and related areas
  4. Trace development of physical education as a discipline and profession in America and abroad
  5. Describe the profile and personality traits of an effective physical education teacher
  6. Discuss the requirements of most undergraduate programs in physical education and related fields
  7. State new challenges and future trends currently facing the physical education profession
  8. Explain the relationship between teaching and coaching and discuss the pros and cons of this dual role
  9. Describe the needs of special populations and how teachers must address those needs
10. Explain the undergraduate preparation for the possible career choices for a student with a specific interest

      Sports psychology Sports medicine
      Sociology of sport Exercise physiology
      Biomechanics Motor learning
      Sport Management Health
11. Utilize current technology and/or access specific web sites for professional interests, research, and the

      preparation of course materials.

General Education Outcomes

   I. Students develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in the following ways:
  1. They develop their speaking skills through peer group activities, class discussions, and more formal

      activities such as panel presentations,  individual oral presentations, and field trips.
  2. They develop their listening skills through note taking in class,  responding to oral and technical

       presentations, field trips, and guest speakers.
  3. They develop reading skills through comprehension of textbook materials, analysis of research materials

      and evaluation of secondary sources.
  4. They develop writing skills by planning, composing, and revising short reports and research papers.

  II. Students demonstrate effective critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the following ways:
  1. They learn to analyze and interpret research materials.
  2. They learn to understand and incorporate others’ ideas.
  3. They learn to collaborate within a group to produce a group report, consensus or position.
  4. They learn to observe and analyze the work ethic/behavior characteristics of professionals in the field.

 III. Students apply basic concepts of health and wellness and utilize activities to promote health and fitness in

      the following ways:
  1. They learn to evaluate effective physical education programs in the school setting.
  2. They learn the importance of serving as a role model in health, fitness and wellness as a future

  3. They learn appropriate behaviors in adult fitness, athletic training, teaching and related fields.

Course Content

  1. Preparation for teaching careers in health, physical education and related fields
  2. Teacher responsibilities and expectations regarding student behavior
  3. Challenges and trends for the future including student behaviors, funding, facilities, legislation and the

      Impact of technology
  4. The pros and cons of the dual role of the teacher/coach
  5. Mainstreaming and special populations
  6. The relationship of wellness, physical fitness and lifestyle behaviors to an instructional program which

      emphasizes basic knowledge and skills of popular sports
  7. The history and development of physical education as a discipline and profession
  8. Non-teaching careers in health, fitness, sport, athletic training, recreation and other related fields
  9. Current technology appropriate to access course information and to prepare and submit course materials