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The Dimensions of Physical Education

Author(s): Lori E. Ciccomascolo, EdD, Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology, University of Rhode Island
Eileen Crowley Sullivan, EdD, Assistant Dean, Office of Partnerships and Placements, Feinstein School of Education and Human Development Rhode Island College
  • ISBN-13: 9781449651909
  • ISBN-10:1449651909
  • Product With Access Code    382 pages      © 2013
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The Dimensions of Physical Education is an all-in-one reader that addresses important issues in physical, health, and sport education. The text assists students in learning the designated content by providing reader-friendly, scholarly articles and letters that discuss the real issues in the field. Instructors are encouraged to use the articles to challenge students to think about how all of the dimensions of physical and health education connect to each other. The format of the text allows instructors to select and teach the content of the chapters in any order that meets the needs of their students and courses.

Topics covered include:

The significance of physical educationEffective teaching methods
Means of motivating students    Character education
Assessment measurements Technology
Gender issues & diversity   Professional development
Service-learning   Adapted physical education


Features & Benefits

  • Chapters include a Research Review with the most up-to-date, innovative, and cutting-edge research results on a particular topic, which emphasizes the need to research and collect data so that new methods, strategies, and information can be used to improve the discipline.
  • Chapter 9 contains letters from physical educators and administrators on relevant topics not usually addressed in a textbook – surviving the first year as a teacher; role modeling; similarities and differences between teaching and coaching, and more. The themes and concepts addressed in the book are timely yet central to the core of the meaning and dimensions of physical and health education.
  • Chapters include real-life issues that confront undergraduate and entry-level graduate students and professionals.

Applicable Courses

This all-in-one reader is perfect for use in conjunction with a methods and foundations text or as a standalone resource.


Chapter  1  An Introduction to Physical Education and Health Education: The Meaning
  The Meaning of Physical Education: Definition, Clarification, and an Overview of the Old and New PE
  The Need for Skills-Based Health Education
  The State of Health Curricula Today
  Research Review: Physical Activity and Physical Education Curricula Using Technology
  Available Online: Introduction to Standards-Based Curriculum Development
Chapter  2  The Teacher in the Triad of Teaching and Learning (Teacher-Student-Content)
  Excellent Teachers: Implications for Physical Education and Health Education
  Physical Education Classroom Management
  Educating for Character: Mandatory, Optional, or Inevitable?
  Using Reflective Practices with the Teacher Performance Criteria Questionnaire (TPCQ)
  Research Review: Details for a Physical Education Specific Mentoring Program
Chapter  3  The Student or Learner in the Triad of Teaching (Teacher-Student-Content)
  Using Team Building Activities to Form a Community of Leaders
  Inclusive Education of Students with Disabilities in Physical Education
  Positive Psychology and Motivation on the Field and in the Classroom
  Role of Physical Activity to Reduce Obesity and Improve Academic Performance in School-Age Children and Adolescents
  Research Review: Promoting Healthful Food Choices Among Students in Grades K–12
Chapter  4  The Content in the Triad of Teaching and Learning (Teacher-Student-Content)
  Teaching Model-Based Physical Education
  Benefits and Implementation: A Fitness for Life, Physical Component, and Nutrition Unit
  High School Coaching and a Youth Development Approach
  Research Review: Examining Skills-Based Health Education in Select Secondary Schools
  Available Online: Teaching Fitness Education
Chapter  5  Assessment Measures
  Physical Education Assessment: A Primer for Beginning Teachers
  Assessment: Friend or Foe?
  Using Alternative Assessment in Physical Education
  The Assessment Literate Teacher
  Research Review: Effect of Wellness and Fitness Curriculum on College Students’ Behavior Change
Chapter  6  Keeping Up with Technology
  Technology in Education
  Technology Use in Physical Education and Health Education
  Supporting the New PE with Technology
  Online Education and Virtual Schooling
  Research Review: Overview of Current Technologies in Education
Chapter  7  Diversity
  “Girl’s Can’t Do That”: Gender and the “Learning Process” in Physical Education
  What is Discourse? A Discussion on Discourse, Social Norms, and Physical Education
  Developing a Mindset for Teaching Diverse Learners
  Adapted Physical Education: Physical Education for All
  Research Review: A Review of Middle School Students’ Attitudes Toward Physical Activity
Chapter  8  Other Dimensions of Physical Education, Health Education, and Sport
  Professional Development: More Than Another Workshop
  The Need for Service-Learning in Professional Preparation Programs
  Strength Assessment and Training in Adolescents
  Walking in Their Shoes: Empathy in Physical Education
  Research Review: Preventing Injuries in Physical Education and Physical Activity Programs
Chapter  9  Letters from the Field
  Addressing Sensitive Subjects in Health Education
  My First Year as a Physical Education Teacher: Some Practical Advice
  The Role of the Physical Education Teacher in the School Community
  Teaching and Coaching: Similarities and Differences and How to Succeed at Both
  I Am a Physical and Health Educator . . . and I Love My Job!
  Tips From the Top: What Directors Need to See from Teachers
  Take Advantage of Each Opportunity That Comes Your Way
  Effective Instructional Strategies for Teaching Physical Education
  Creating Winter Outdoor Activities
  Perceptions of Teaching Physical Education

Lori E. Ciccomascolo, EdD-Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology, University of Rhode Island

Dr. Lori Ciccomascolo attended Southern Connecticut State University (B.S., Communication and M.S., Exercise Science) and Boston University (Ed.D., Curriculum and Teaching) and is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Rhode Island (URI). She currently serves as the Director of the Physical and Health Education Teacher Education (PHETE) program and is the Graduate Director of Kinesiology.  In addition to her work in the Department of Kinesiology, she served as the interim Associate Dean of the College of Human Science and Services and is currently the co-chair of URI’s Graduate Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment Committee. Her research interests focus on developing and implementing curricular interventions (e.g., girl-serving, outdoor education, and leadership) that promote the adoption and maintenance of physical activity among urban K-12 students.  Her publications have appeared in the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance and the Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal and she has presented at regional and national conferences in the fields of Communication, Physical Education, and Physical Activity. 

Eileen Crowley Sullivan, EdD-Assistant Dean, Office of Partnerships and Placements, Feinstein School of Education and Human Development Rhode Island College

Dr. Eileen Crowley Sullivan attended Skidmore College (B.S. in Physical Education), University of Maryland (M.A. in Physical Education Administration and Curriculum), and Boston University (Ed.D. from Curriculum and Teaching Department in the School of Education) and taught at Boston University for twenty-eight years. She served as the Program Coordinator of Physical Education, Health Education, and Coaching Specialization at Boston University’s School of Education and launched a 16-credit all Online Graduate Certificate in Physical Education, Health Education, and Coaching. Her teaching responsibilities at Boston University included the professional preparation of teachers for licensure in Physical Education and Health Education. She was the Coordinator and Supervisor of student teachers for pre-practicums and final practiums in the local schools. In addition to teaching theory and methods classes for the physical education majors, Dr. Sullivan taught the required movement education class for all elementary education majors. She taught undergraduate as well as graduate courses and particularly enjoyed mentoring doctoral students.

She recently accepted a new position with Rhode Island College’s Feinstein School of Education and Human Development and serves as the Assistant Dean for Partnerships and Placements. She formalizes all placements for practicums and student teaching, plans professional development for the cooperating teachers and college supervisors, and cultivates district partnerships. Her research interests include teacher education, teacher effectiveness, parameters of student teaching, use of movement for cognitive reinforcement, the level of student involvement, and cooperative play. She consults and conducts numerous workshops for the professional development of cooperating teachers, as well as elementary education classroom teachers to learn about the benefits of movement and is well known for her presentations on the “New PE.” She serves as a movement specialist, working with local and national organizations to promote effective physical education programs. Some of her most recently published research focuses on the teaching behaviors of majors and non-majors, triangulation assessment with the use of a systematic observation instrument in the gymnasium, and assessment of student teachers using two different teaching approaches. Other recent publications focus on games and game analysis: Linking the Body and Brain: A Manual for Physical Education Game Modification, Unique Games and Sports Around the World (Ed), “Character Education in the Gymnasium: Teaching More Than the Physical,” and "Critical Game Analysis and the Multi-Dimensional Nature of Games for Young Children." Many know Eileen as the “Games Queen” and she even carries her passion for games into her family life. Eileen has two adult children, Cassie and Brendan, and lives in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts with her husband Bill. She enjoys golf, tennis, outdoor activities, her dear friends, book club nights, and beach time at the Cape.



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