Health as a relevant aim of physical education – theory and school practice Cover Image

Zdrowie jako cel wychowania fizycznego – między teorią a praktyką szkolną
Health as a relevant aim of physical education – theory and school practice

Author(s): Paweł F. Nowak, Cezary Kuśnierz
Subject(s): Education
Published by: Instytut Badań Edukacyjnych
Keywords: physical education; health education; hierarchy of objectives; teachers; students

Summary/Abstract: Assessment of physical education teachers’ approaches to health aspects of physical education lessons was the aim of the study in the context of objectives for new regulations in education – taking a leading role in health education. 1544 secondary school leavers and 444 teachers of physical education, were investigated. The method chosen for this research was diagnostic survey, a survey technique using questionnaires created by the European Association for Physical Education and the author. Examined teachers ranked the importance of the healthy aspects of physical education, a healthy life style and health in the hierarchy of the objectives of physical education. Approximately 40% of pupils reported that teachers were not a source of knowledge about health – as many as 15,4% of school-girls and 19,4% of school-boys claimed they had not encountered discussion of health during physical education. Teachers of this subject are not role models for healthy life styles according to 32% of school-girls and almost 40% of school-boys. It seems appropriate to revise universities’ training courses for future teachers of physical education. Competence in promoting health and health education should be prioritized for this group. Improving methods and organizing activities for the propagation of health information – increasing the weight of academic training as applied to physical education, seems to be especially important.

  • Issue Year: 129/2014
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 71-79
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Polish