Presentation Title

Physical Education as Core Academic Subject

Format of Presentation

15-minute lecture to be presented April 1, 2017

Location

IB 1008

Start Date

1-4-2017 11:15 AM

End Date

1-4-2017 11:30 AM

Abstract

The goal of this research is to recognize the importance of Physical and Health Education for high school students. The following study uses hermeneutic research, critical research, secondary research, an understanding of health benefits through statistical analysis, and provides a suggestion for adoption of this curriculum to the British Columbian Ministry of Education.

Through my research I observed a common belief that Physical Education is separate from the core subjects of Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and English and is treated as an option for High School students. Research indicates that it is beneficial for students to take physical education throughout High School. By looking at the history of physical and health education, its current position in the academic process, and its potential as an academic core course, this research aims to prove that the immediate action of including physical education as a high school graduation requirement will benefit schools and students.

Providing high school students with consistent physical education results in growth and development of health, which translates to higher academic scores. Research shows that students have increased anxieties due to social situations at this developmental stage. In addition, seclusion during grades 11 and 12 often results in drug use, suicide, and unhealthy habits due in part to a minimal connection with physical activity. By increasing physical activity as a part of curriculum, we may see a shift towards an increase in youth involvement amongst the outdoor recreation fields upon graduation. This has the potential to allow for a healthier future for citizens and a decrease in adverse behavioural tendencies.

Department

Interdisciplinary Studies

Faculty Advisor

Mark Wallin

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Physical Education as Core Academic Subject

IB 1008

The goal of this research is to recognize the importance of Physical and Health Education for high school students. The following study uses hermeneutic research, critical research, secondary research, an understanding of health benefits through statistical analysis, and provides a suggestion for adoption of this curriculum to the British Columbian Ministry of Education.

Through my research I observed a common belief that Physical Education is separate from the core subjects of Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and English and is treated as an option for High School students. Research indicates that it is beneficial for students to take physical education throughout High School. By looking at the history of physical and health education, its current position in the academic process, and its potential as an academic core course, this research aims to prove that the immediate action of including physical education as a high school graduation requirement will benefit schools and students.

Providing high school students with consistent physical education results in growth and development of health, which translates to higher academic scores. Research shows that students have increased anxieties due to social situations at this developmental stage. In addition, seclusion during grades 11 and 12 often results in drug use, suicide, and unhealthy habits due in part to a minimal connection with physical activity. By increasing physical activity as a part of curriculum, we may see a shift towards an increase in youth involvement amongst the outdoor recreation fields upon graduation. This has the potential to allow for a healthier future for citizens and a decrease in adverse behavioural tendencies.