Physical Literacy across the World records the progress of the concept of physical literacy over the last decade. It examines developments, issues and controversies in physical literacy studies, and looks at how the concept has been implemented around the world.

Contributions from practitioners and researchers across the world tell unique stories of the way physical literacy is changing perceptions of physical activity through research and the generation of scholarly writing, the creation of new national and local policies, and the development of partnerships with a range of professions. The book argues that physical literacy has value beyond formal education, such as in occupational and recreational settings, as well as for early years children and older people, and shows how life story methods can explain our physical literacy journeys. At root, it sets out a case for the significance and value of physical literacy as making a notable contribution to human flourishing.

This is important reading for anyone with an interest in physical activity, health and well-being, sport studies, physical education, or the philosophy related to physical activity.

part I|95 pages

Physical literacy moving forward

chapter 1|5 pages

Overview and recent developments in physical literacy

ByMargaret Whitehead

chapter 2|11 pages

Definition of physical literacy

Developments and issues
ByMargaret Whitehead

chapter 3|13 pages

Aspects of physical literacy

Clarification and discussion with particular reference to the physical domain
ByMargaret Whitehead

chapter 4|13 pages

In support of physical literacy throughout life

ByMargaret Whitehead

chapter 5|29 pages

What does physical literacy look like?

Overarching principles and specific descriptions
ByMargaret Whitehead

chapter 6|22 pages

Charting the physical literacy journey

ByMargaret Whitehead

part II|139 pages

International perspectives on physical literacy

chapter 7|6 pages

Introduction to international perspectives on physical literacy

ByMargaret Whitehead

chapter 8|20 pages

A brief history of physical literacy in Australia

ByRichard Keegan, Dean Dudley, Lisa Barnett

chapter 9|18 pages

Physical literacy in Canada

ByDwayne Sheehan, Daniel Robinson, Lynn Randall

chapter 10|13 pages

Perspectives on physical literacy in continental Europe

ByJeroen Koekoek, Niek Pot, Wytse Walinga, Ivo van Hilvoorde

chapter 11|11 pages

Physical literacy in India

ByPankaj Markandey, Nigel Green

chapter 12|14 pages

Aotearoa/New Zealand’s physical literacy journey

ByKaren Laurie

chapter 13|19 pages

Physical and food literacy

A holistic approach to public health in Scotland
ByChris Topping, Jo Kopela, Isla Gibson, Sandy Whitelaw

chapter 14|15 pages

Physical literacy in the United States

ByE. Paul Roetert

chapter 15|15 pages

Physical literacy development in Wales

ByHelen Hughes

chapter 16|6 pages

Reflection on international perspectives

ByMargaret Whitehead

part III|41 pages

Physical literacy

chapter 17|16 pages

Physical literacy as a journey

ByLiz Taplin

chapter 18|10 pages

Human flourishing and physical literacy

ByElizabeth Durden-Myers, Margaret Whitehead

chapter 19|7 pages

Human flourishing, human nature and physical literacy

ByElizabeth Durden-Myers, Margaret Whitehead