Pedagogical models - an ideal of versatility in Physical Education

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Abstract AIESEP 2019 Title: Pedagogical models - an ideal of versatility in Physical Education Esben Stilund Volshøj, VIA University College. Teachers Education at Aarhus, Denmark Oral Presentation Sub-theme specify the number: 1) Physical Education and Physical Literacy Today versatility is a widespread ideal for physical education in school (Annerstedt, 2008; Kirk, 2010). As a result, the approach to physical education has been dominated by many introductory activities also known as a ‘multi-activity curriculum model’ (Ibid.). An alternative to the idea of versatility in a content-oriented perspective could be versatility in pedagogical models for physical education (Casey, 2014; Kirk, 2010; Metzler, 2005). A pedagogical model can highlight how distinctive learning outcomes might best be achieved through their alignment with teaching approach and content (Kirk, 2010). By using different pedagogical models, PE can meet various approaches and outcomes (Ibid.). However, the use of different pedagogical models might not automatically overcome the versatile ideal for physical education. The purpose of this study is to examine how we can understand the concept of versatility for pedagogical models in physical education. The project is a literature study that first seeks to understand the ideal and practice of versatility for physical education through an inductive qualitative analysis of official management documents and evaluation reports on physical education in DK (Thomas, 2006). Second, through an inductive qualitative analysis of existing pedagogical models, the project seeks to create a definition of pedagogical models for physical education and to create a categorization of these after still unknown parameters (Ibid.). The presentation will introduce temporary understandings of versatility within pedagogical models in physical education and will lead to a discussion of how we can understand versatility for physical education. By focusing on how physical education didactically and pedagogically is conducted, it might be possible to open up for a broader understanding of versatility in physical education. References Annerstedt, C. (2008). Physical education in Scandinavia with a focus on Sweden: a comparative perspective. Physical Education & Sport Pedagogy, 13(4), 303–318. Casey, A. (2014). Models-based practice: Great white hope or white elephant? Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 19(1), 18–34. Kirk, D. (2010). Physical education futures. Routledge. Retrieved from Metzler, M. W. (2005). Instructional models for physical education. Holcomb Hathaway, Publishers. Retrieved from Thomas, D. R. (2006). A General Inductive Approach for Analyzing Qualitative Evaluation Data. American Journal of Evaluation, 27(2), 237–246. Key words: Physical education; Pedagogical models; Physical literacy
Original languageEnglish
Publication date1 Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019
Event2019 AIESEP International Conference - Adelphi Universit, New York, United States
Duration: 19 Jun 201922 Jun 2019


Conference2019 AIESEP International Conference
LocationAdelphi Universit
CountryUnited States
CityNew York


  • learning, educational science and teaching

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Volshøj, E. S., & Jensen, J-O. (2019). Pedagogical models - an ideal of versatility in Physical Education. Paper presented at 2019 AIESEP International Conference, New York, United States.