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Wainwright, Nalda; Goodway, Jackie; Whitehead, Margaret; Williams, Andy; Kirk, David – Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 2018
Background: The Foundation Phase in Wales is a play-based curriculum for pupils aged 3-7 years old. Children learn through more holistic areas of learning in place of traditional subjects. As such, the subject of physical education in its traditional form no longer exists for pupils under the age of 7 in Wales. In light of the role of physical…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Young Children, Physical Education, Literacy
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Gu, Xiangli; Chen, Yu-Lin; Jackson, Allen W.; Zhang, Tao – Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 2018
Background: School physical education (PE) programs provide a prime environment for interventions that attempt to develop school-aged children's motor competence and overall physical fitness, while also stimulating competence motivation to engage in physical activity during childhood. It is generally recognized that a pedometer-based intervention…
Descriptors: Intervention, Student Motivation, Goal Orientation, Physical Activities
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Valentini, Nadia Cristina; Pierosan, Licia; Rudisill, Mary E.; Hastie, Peter A. – Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 2017
Background: Fundamental motor skill proficiency is essential for engagement in sports and physical play and in the development of a healthy lifestyle. Children with motor delays (with and without disabilities) lack the motor skills necessary to participate in games and physical activity, and tend to spend more time as onlookers than do their…
Descriptors: Psychomotor Skills, Intervention, Motor Development, Play
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Hastie, Peter A.; Rudisill, Mary E.; Boyd, Korey – Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 2016
Background: Previous studies of mastery motivational climates within physical education have reported that providing students with opportunities to become self-directed leads to a number of positive outcomes, including skill attainment and increased perceptions of ability. Nonetheless, within all of these studies, there has been no account of the…
Descriptors: Mastery Learning, Physical Education, Child Care Centers, At Risk Persons
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Altunsöz, Irmak Hürmeriç; Goodway, Jacqueline D. – Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 2016
Background: Preschool children who are at risk have been shown to demonstrate developmental delays in their fundamental motor skills. The body of research on motor skill development of children indicates that these children, when provided with motor skill instruction, significantly improved their locomotor and object control (OC) skill…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Urban Areas, Federal Programs, Early Childhood Education