Dewey, interest and well-being: Prospects for improving the educational value of physical education

Malcolm Thorburn, James MacAllister

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Abstract

Despite the current policy prominence of physical education, there is still unease about the subject's educational contribution. In this respect, we are surprised by how seldom John Dewey's writings inform contemporary reviews of aims and values. We outline how his writings on connecting the child and the curriculum and schools with society are relevant to deliberations on how students could derive enhanced meaning from physical education. We address criticisms by Richard Peters of Dewey and discuss related issues on: interest and engagement, problem solving and criteria for personal growth. We discuss how the thinking of Dewey and Valerie Tiberius might inform the development of physical education curricular that are more deeply connected with the lives of students and which promote well-being. In particular, we argue there is a need for future curriculum to be designed in ways that invite students to cultivate informed and stable physical activity habits and values.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)458-468
Number of pages10
JournalQuest
Volume65
Issue number4
Early online date18 Oct 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • physical education
  • well-being
  • Dewey
  • values
  • education

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