Contemporary physical education curriculum today, as it pertains to the consideration of central issues of curriculum studies about what is worthwhile, has come a long way from issues of credibility and data-based studies to issues of what is worthwhile in physical education curriculum.

Physical Education as an Academic Discipline

In the 1960s, physical education was primarily viewed as a teaching field in higher education, with the exception of one specialization, exercise science, which fueled the drive to be “more academic.” At the time, there were no systematic research programs in place other than some positivist-oriented research. Attempts to create a theoretical structure for the field began at this time.

More changes were on the horizon as well, driven at least in part by the need for academic credibility ...

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