International Journal of Advanced Education and Research

International Journal of Advanced Education and Research


International Journal of Advanced Education and Research
International Journal of Advanced Education and Research
Vol. 1, Issue 8 (2016)

Secondary school physical education curricular content: A meditation


Matthew D Ferry

This paper is a philosophical and theoretical meditation on how content and physical activities come to make-up secondary school physical education curriculum. Far from being a neutral entity, the secondary school physical education curriculum, and what content and physical activities come to be included and excluded, is not a ‘natural’ process guided by ‘common sense.’ Rather, it is cultural artifact that is the product of social construction. Below I review research (mostly conducted the United States (U.S.) and scholarship that have revealed important insights with respect to secondary physical education curriculum. I do so with the hopes of adapting and utilizing this work as I present a number of philosophical and theoretical points for consideration when we as a field of teachers and scholars work to create secondary school physical education curriculum.
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