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How Physical Education Teachers Undermine the Profession by Grading Effort and Participation

By Timothy Baghurst Ph. D


Assessment in education is used as a means to determine whether a student is making progress. Historically within physical education, the components of assessment have varied and include measures of skill competency and improvement, but also other variables such as dressing out, participation, and effort. Unfortunately, many physical education teachers emphasize the importance of effort and participation which devalues the rigor of the discipline. Therefore, the purpose of this article is to consider the literature associated with assessment in physical education. An explanation of how current grading practices may negatively impact the profession is explained with a proposed alternative to including effort, participation, and other ancillary components into a physical education grade. Physical education is dissimilar to other subjects within a school curriculum in that students are expected to be physically active during portions of the lesson. According to the National Association of Sport and Physical Education (2009), physical educatio

Year: 2016
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