ABSTRACT

  • What is physical literacy?
  • What are the benefits of being physically literate?

The term ‘physical literacy’ describes the motivation, confidence, physical competence, understanding and knowledge that individuals develop in order to maintain physical activity at an appropriate level throughout their life. Physical literacy encompasses far more than physical education in schools or structured sporting activities, offering instead a broader conception of physical activity, unrelated to ability. Through the use of particular pedagogies and the adoption of new modes of thinking, physical literacy promises more realistic models of physical competence and physical activity for a wider population, offering opportunities for everyone to become active and motivated participants.

This is the first book to fully explore the meaning and significance of this important and emerging concept, and also the first book to apply the concept to physical activity across the lifecourse, from infancy to old age. Physical Literacy – explaining the philosophical rationale behind the concept and also including contributions from leading thinkers, educationalists and practitioners – is essential reading for all students and professionals working in physical education, all areas of sport and exercise, and health.

part |2 pages

Part I Philosophical background

chapter 1|7 pages

Introduction

ByMARGARET WHITEHEAD

chapter 2|11 pages

The concept of physical literacy

ByMARGARET WHITEHEAD

chapter 3|9 pages

The philosophical underpinning of the concept of physical literacy

ByMARGARET WHITEHEAD

chapter 4|14 pages

Motivation and the significance of physical literacy for every individual

ByMARGARET WHITEHEAD

part |2 pages

Part II Contextual connections

chapter 7|12 pages

The physical self and physical literacy

ByKENNETH FOX

chapter 8|17 pages

Physical literacy and obesity

ByPAUL GATELY

chapter 9|16 pages

Physical literacy and the young child

ByPATRICIA MAUDE

chapter 10|14 pages

Physical literacy and the older adult population

ByLEN ALMOND

chapter 11|12 pages

Physical literacy and individuals with a disability

ByPHILIP VICKERMAN, KAREN DEPAUW

chapter 12|13 pages

Physical literacy and issues of diversity

ByPHILIP VICKERMAN, KAREN DEPAUW

part |2 pages

Part III Practical implications

chapter 13|8 pages

Promoting physical literacy within and beyond the school curriculum

ByMARGARET WHITEHEAD

chapter 14|10 pages

Physical literacy and learning and teaching approaches

ByDOMINIC HAYDN-DAVIES

chapter 15|14 pages

Physical literacy, fostering the attributes and curriculum planning

ByELIZABETH MURDOCH, MARGARET WHITEHEAD

chapter 16|8 pages

Conclusion and the way ahead

ByMARGARET WHITEHEAD