Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Alvin Munson, James Gibbs, William Meadors

Degree Program

School of Teacher Education

Degree Type

Education Specialist


This project proposes the utilization of a movement education approach in a physical education curriculum for elementary school grades one through six. It is intended to assist elementary physical education teachers in establishing and maintaining a program based on current research and literature in the field.

The movement education philosophy differs from the traditional physical education approach in the following ways:

  1. The program is child-centered rather than subject-centered with successful experiences for each child of prime importance.

  2. Consideration of the affective domain is as necessary to the program as the psychomotor.

  3. Creativity is encouraged in that the teacher seeks new and better ways to use the activities, equipment, and play areas to meet the needs of the individual child.

  4. The children solve movement problems in unique ways, design movement sequences, and make up their own games and dances.

  5. The teacher helps the children work toward becoming self-reliant, self-directed, and self-disciplined.

  6. Evaluation is an ongoing and cooperative process with the students as well as the teacher participating.

The objectives of the program are presented along with suggestions as to teaching methods, content, and evaluation procedures. Topical areas include: (1) movement education; (2) learning theories applied to physical education; (3) movement and other school areas; (4) child growth and developmental needs; (5) objectives; (6) scheduling (listing activities by six week periods for the year); (7) the extra-class program; and (8) evaluation.


Curriculum and Instruction | Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Elementary Education | Health and Physical Education