Dynamic Physical Education for Secondary School Students

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  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-04-14
  • Publisher: Pearson

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For junior- to senior-level courses in Physical Education Methods for Secondary schools or Physical Education Methods for Middle and Secondary schools combined

With this widely used and well-respected text, you will find everything you need to create exciting and engaging PE programs at the secondary level. Dynamic Physical Education for Secondary School Students’ targeted tools and resources teach you how to implement current and best practices in the field. The text (along with the acclaimed Lesson Plans supplement) equips you with the core information that you need to succeed as a teacher  and as a physical education advocate at a time of increasingly limited resources. The Eighth Edition offers new practical assessment techniques, new case studies, enhanced technology content, and a clear and comprehensive guide to the most important topics in the field. 

Author Biography

Lead author Paul W. Darst received a Ph.D in Physical Education from the Ohio State University. He is a professor and Department Chair at Arizona State University at the Polytechnic Campus in the area of Physical Education-Teacher Preparation. His research and teaching focuses on secondary school physical education curriculum, methods of teaching in the secondary schools, and activity habits of middle and high school students. He has been active professionally at the state, district and national levels of AAHPERD and has received numerous honors and speaking invitations.

In addition to co-authoring the previous edition of this text (Dynamic Physical Education for Secondary School Students, 7/e, Pearson, 2012) with Bob Pangrazi, and serving as its lead author, Darst also authored Outdoor Adventure Activities for School and Recreation Programs (Waveland Press), Analyzing Physical Education and Sport Instruction (Human Kinetics), and Cycling (Scott, Foresman and Company, Sport for Life Series). He has written many articles and made numerous presentations to teachers on new ideas in teaching and on working with students.

Co-lead author Robert P. Pangrazi is an internationally recognized expert in physical education training and instruction. He is professor emeritus at Arizona State University and an Educational Consultant for HopSports and The U.S. Tennis Association. His physical education textbooks have sold over 750,000 copies in this country and abroad. Pangrazi has published over 50 textbooks and 100 research and professional articles. He has been a keynote speaker for 39 state and district conventions and an invited speaker at nearly 400 national and international conferences. He regularly conducts training sessions for schools and universities and works regularly as a motivational speaker. His approach to elementary school physical education has been used worldwide by the Department of Defense Dependents’ Schools, nationally by the Edison Project, and is used in hundreds of public, private and charter schools across the U.S.

Dr. Pangrazi has received numerous awards including the Distinguished Service Award from the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, the National Distinguished Service Award presented by the AAHPERD Council on Physical Education for Children, and the Curriculum and Instruction Emeritus Honor Award from the NASPE Curriculum and Instruction Academy He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education and an AAHPERD Honor Fellow.

Timothy A. Brusseau, Jr., is assistant professor of physical education at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, in the department of Exercise and Sport Science. His teaching focuses on secondary physical education curriculum and methodology, as well as coaching and diversity. Research interests include children and youth physical activity and programming. Dr. Brusseau received a Ph.D. from Arizona State University in Physical Education Pedagogy. He is actively involved in AAHPERD nationally and regionally, regularly making teaching and research presentations. He has authored numerous articles related to teaching and physical activity, and was a member of the author team for this text, 7e.

Heather Erwin earned her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Kinesiology in 2006. She is currently an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, specializing in physical education teacher education. Her research focus is on school-based physical activity, with an emphasis on physical education, classroom physical activity, and recess settings. Dr. Erwin has taught elementary physical education in Springdale, AR, worked with summer recreation programs for over 10 years, taught numerous training workshops on child and adolescent physical activity, and conducted extensive research in school settings. She has authored or co-authored multiple articles—both research-based and applied—on the promotion of physical activity and youth activities, and has been a contributor to and author of numerous Pearson supplements.

Table of Contents

1. Physical Education in the Secondary School    
2. The Impact of Physical Activity on Adolescents    

3. Steps in Developing a Curriculum    
4. Curriculum Approaches    

5. Planning for Effective Instruction    
6. Improving Instructional Effectiveness    
7. Management and Discipline    
8. Teaching Styles   
9. Improving Instruction Systematically    
10. Assessment, Evaluation, Grading, and Program Accountability    


11. Students with Disabilities    
12. Liability and Safety    
13. Intramurals, Sport Clubs, and Athletics: Furthering the Opportunity for Physical Activity    

14. Introductory Activities    
15. Technology and Other Tools to Promote and Monitor Lifestyle Physical Activity    
16. Physical Fitness    
17. Healthy Lifestyles: Activities for Instruction    
18. Promoting Motivation, Cooperation, and Inclusion: Nontraditional Ideas for Instruction    
19. Sports    
20. Lifestyle Activities    
21. Outdoor Adventure Activities

References and Suggested Readings   


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