Definition, aims, importance and Objectives of Physical Education (P.E)
Definition Of Physical Education
Physical education is a socially constructed activity that forms one component of a wider physical culture that includes sport and health/physical activity (Kirk, 1999, Lake, 2001a: 69, Penney, 1998).
Physical education, also known as Phys Ed., P.E, gym, or gym class, and known in many Commonwealth countries as physical training or PT, is an educational course related of maintaining the human body through physical exercises (i.e. calisthenics). (Wikipedia)
Physical Education is the planned, progressive learning that takes place in school curriculum timetabled time and which is delivered to all pupils. This involves both ‘learning to move’ (i.e. becoming more physically competent) and ‘moving to learn’ (e.g. learning through movement, a range of skills and understandings beyond physical activity, such as co-operating with others). The context for the learning is physical activity, with
children experiencing a broad range of activities, including sport and dance. (afpe.org.uk)
Importance of Physical Education
A balanced physical education program provides each student with an opportunity to develop into a physically-educated person; one who learns skills necessary to perform a variety of physical activities, is physically fit, participates regularly in physical activity, knows the benefits from involvement in physical activity and it’s contributions to a healthy lifestyle.
The aim of physical education is to develop physical competence so that all children are able to move efficiently and safely and understand what they are doing. The outcome physical literacy-is as important to children’s overall development as literacy and numeracy. ¬ pck.gov.uk
It aims to develop students’ physical competence and knowledge of movement and safety, and their ability to use these to perform in a wide range of activities associated with the development of an active and healthy lifestyle.
It also develops students’ confidence and generic skills, especially those of collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking and aesthetic appreciation. These, together with the nurturing of positive values and attitudes in PE, provide a good foundation for students’ lifelong and life-wide learning.
The objectives/targets of P.E curriculum
Aims of Physical Education
Physical Education Courses for High School