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This paper presents remarks on the future of the physical education profession by William F. Stier (State University of New York, Brockport), Pamela A. Milchrist (California State University, Sacramento), and Sy Kleinman (Ohio State University). Stier presented the "conservative" view that the field was doing well, that only fine tuning was required, and that no major problems exist that could not be taken care of in the normal course of events. He emphasized that the dominant approach to the future should be one of evolution to respond to future issues and political astuteness to recognize and promote the advantages of physical education. Milchrist argued that the physical education discipline, traditionally comprised of several sub-disciplines around fitness and movement, needed to take on "fresh garments" of critical thinking, cooperative learning, technology, interdisciplinary studies, and diversity. She presented examples of how the physical education department at her university expanded dance programs to include dance cultures and African Caribbean dance, strengthened the martial arts program as a window of understanding to Asian cultures, and revised basic skill courses to include opportunities for critical thinking and cooperative learning. These efforts have enabled the department to survive severe budget cuts and emerge in a very strong position. Kleinman argued for the just demise of physical education which, in his opinion, relies on teaching pedagogical strategies, rewards the creation of irrelevant minutiae, values scientific "correctness," and practices a scholarly elitism. (JB)

Descriptors: Athletics, Curriculum Development, Dance Education, Departments, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Intellectual Disciplines, Physical Education, Physical Education Teachers

Author: Stier, William F., Jr.; And Others


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