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Building Effective Physical Education Programs

Author(s): Deborah Tannehill, University of Limerick, Ireland
Hans van der Mars, PhD, Prof. Physical Education Teacher Education Program, Arizona State University-Polytechnic Campus, Mesa, Arizona
Ann MacPhail, PhD, Senior Lecturer, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
  • ISBN-13: 9781284021103
  • Product With Access Code    432 pages      © 2015
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Building Effective Physical Education Programs is a distinctive text focused on designing and delivering effective physical education programs for school-aged children.   Written for pre-service, novice, and experienced teachers, it outlines the essential components necessary to create and deliver impactful physical education programs within their school or organization.  Through its use of engaging learning experiences found in each chapter, this text is ideal for use across various physical education teacher courses, as well as professional development programs.

Developed for a diverse audience, Building Effective Physical Education Programs highlights both the similarities and differences of physical education programs from country to country.  International case studies are included to further illustrate worldwide practices and influence varied teaching styles and techniques.

Key Features: 

  • Learning Experience boxes help readers apply knowledge gained from the text to real-world practice by utilizing activities and critical-thinking questions to drive comprehension.
  • An international perspective on physical education provides a global viewpoint and gives students a broad context for different program types
  • A focus on current trends and issues makes this text relevant and timely
  • Ancillaries provide instructors with the tools to implement a successful physical education teacher education course.
  • Instructor resources include: Instructor’s Manual, Test Bank and PowerPoint presentations
  • Student resources include: Companion website and Student Study Guide



Applicable Courses

Introduction to Teaching Physical Education

Methods of Teaching Physical Education

Methods of Teaching Elementary Physical Education

Methods of Teaching Secondary Physical Education

Physical Education for Elementary School Students

Physical Education for Secondary School Students

Curriculum and Instruction Strategies in Physical Education

Physical Education Curriculum and Assessment

Foundations of Teaching and Learning in Physical Education


Section  1  The Business of Physical Education in Changing Contexts
  Chapter  1  The Role of the Physical Educator in and Beyond the School
  Chapter  2  Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs
  Chapter  3  Educational Reform: Implications for Teaching Physical Education
  Chapter  4  The Ecology of Teaching Physical Education
  Chapter  5  The Hidden Dimensions of Teaching Physical Education
Section  II  Developing Responsible Learners
  Chapter  6  Building and Sustaining Student Learning Communities Through Caring and Equitable Pedagogy
  Chapter  7  Preventive Classroom Management
  Chapter  8  Developing Discipline Using Effective Behavior Management
Section  III  Designing an Instructionally Aligned Physical Education Program
  Chapter  9  Curriculum Concepts and Planning Principles
  Chapter  10  Main-Theme Physical Education Curriculum Models
  Chapter  11  Assessment Considerations for Promoting Meaningful Learning in Physical Education
  Chapter  12  Appropriate Assessment Instruments in Physical Education
  Chapter  13  Developing Effective Teaching Practices
  Chapter  14  Selecting Appropriate Instructional Models
  Chapter  15  Developing Teaching Strategies to Facilitate Learning
  Chapter  16  Planning to Promote Student Learning
  Chapter  17  Supporting Technology for Teaching Physical Education
Section  IV  The Reality of Teaching Physical Education
  Chapter  18  Professional Development: Staying Alive as a Teacher
  Chapter  19  Advocating for and Promoting Your Program

Deborah Tannehill-University of Limerick, Ireland

Deborah Tannehill is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences at the University of Limerick, Ireland (UL). She is Course Director for the Graduate Diploma in Education–Physical Education and Co-Director of the Physical Education, Physical Activity, and Youth Sport (PEPAYS) Research Center. Before joining the faculty at UL, Deborah was Professor and Assistant Dean in the School of Physical Education at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU).

Prior to PLU, Deborah taught and conducted research on teaching and teacher education at The Ohio State University for 12 years. She taught physical education at the middle school level for 10 years and coached track and field at the collegiate level for 6 years. Active in state, district, and national professional organizations, Deborah served as Editor of the National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) Assessment Series, Publications Coordinator for NASPE, Chair of the NASPE National Beginning Teaching Standards, Chair of the NASPE/NCATE Teacher Education Program Guidelines, and Chair of the NASPE Task Force for revision of the K–12 Content Standards.

Professor Tannehill is past Co-Editor of the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, served on the editorial board of Quest, and is currently a reviewer for the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. In recognition of her professional service, she was awarded the Joy of Effort Award from NASPE, was inducted as a Research Fellow into the AAHPERD Research Consortium, received the NASPE Presidential Citation, and, in March 2009, received the NASPE Curriculum and Instruction Academy Honor Award. She has conducted research on teaching, supervision/ mentoring, and teacher education in physical education, and she publishes frequently in both scholarly and applied journals.

Professor Tannehill has published more than 45 articles, 15 book chapters, and co-authored a textbook titled Developing Teaching Skills in Physical Education with Daryl Siedentop. Currently her work is focused on curriculum development and assessment and the continuing professional development of practicing teachers. She enjoys reading mystery novels, cooking, and walking her whippet.

Hans van der Mars, PhD-Prof. Physical Education Teacher Education Program, Arizona State University-Polytechnic Campus, Mesa, Arizona

Ann MacPhail, PhD-Senior Lecturer, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

The following instructor resources are available to qualified instructors for download

ISBN-13: 9781284021103

Additional Resources for Instructors
Instructor Manual
Slides in PowerPoint Format
Test Bank

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