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Lisa Hunter

In: Handbook of Physical Education

Chapter 32: Research into Elementary Physical Education Programs

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Research into Elementary Physical Education Programs
Research into elementary physical education programs
Introduction

Elementary physical education (EPE) has on the one hand been heralded as important, for benefits such as health, fitness, exercise, social interaction, motor development, skill development and more recently obesity control, yet on the other hand often absent in practice, under-researched, and therefore under-theorised with respect to the rhetoric around claims made to justify its presence within the curriculum. EPE is now commanding the attention of politicians concerned about lifestyle issues (such as lifelong fitness, health, and obesity) as well as a community of academics, professionals, educational policymakers and health and sport advocates who want to justify EPE. This chapter summarizes and critiques the research that focuses on physical education programmes in elementary schools, ...

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