Perspectives in Physical Education

Perspectives in Physical Education

1st Edition - January 1, 1971

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  • Author: Walter P. Kroll
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483214108

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Perspectives in Physical Education presents a summary of some of the important forces influencing the development of graduate study and research at universities; the origins of professional training for teachers of physical education; and the origins of a scientific or quasi-academic discipline of physical education. The book then discusses the first graduate study programs in physical education and the developments in graduate education. The dimensions of a profession; the research productivity in physical education; and the research laboratory in physical education are also considered. The book further tackles the scientific method in perspective; the unscientific problems in the development of a scientific model; and the establishment of priorities in research. People who teach and those who take courses in research methods, scientific foundations, seminars dealing with professional problems and curriculum issues, or independent research will find the text useful.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    Chapter I Graduate Study at a University


    Early Science and Higher Education

    Graduate Study in Education

    Preparation in an Academic Discipline


    Chapter II Origins of Professional Preparation in Physical Education

    Early Beginnings of Educanto in Physical Education

    Origins of a Scientific Basis for Physical Education


    Chapter III Graduate Study in Physical Education

    Graduate Study Begins and Science Leaves

    Impact of Educational Orientation upon Physical Education

    Time of Reassessment

    The Basic Model for Graduate Study in Physical Education

    An Actual Program


    Chapter IV The Dimensions of a Profession

    Criteria for a Profession

    Physical Education as a Profession

    Profession versus Discipline


    Chapter V Research Productivity in Physical Education

    Quality in Graduate Programs

    Honors and Awards


    Chapter VI Research Laboratories in Physical Education

    Origins of Research Laboratories

    Historical Notes on Research Laboratories in Physical Education


    Chapter VII The Dimensions of a Science

    Definition of a Science

    Purpose of a Science

    Metaphysical Foundations

    Operating Code in Science

    Scientific Breakthroughs

    Monolithic Structure in Science


    Chapter VIII Scientific Method in Perspective



    Basic Steps in the Scientific Method

    Schematic Representation of a Model

    Models in Physical Education

    A Model for Personality Factors in Athletics

    Other Possibilities for Models


    Chapter IX Unscientific Problems in the Development of a Scientific Model

    Postulation of the Model

    The Structure of Knowledge

    The Black Box in Science

    Categories of Explanation

    The Use of Explanation

    Characteristics of a Good Explanation


    Chapter X Establishing Priorities in Research

    Finding a Research Topic

    Scientific Problems

    Types of Experiments

    Evaluation of a Research Topic

    Professional and Scientific Research


    Chapter XI Writing Up Research

    Difficulties in Scientific Writing

    Need for Writing Research Reports

    Tangible Suggestions

    Sections of a Research Report

    Chapter One

    Chapter Two

    Chapter Three

    Chapter Four

    Chapter Five

    Publication Outlets for Physical Education Research


    Chapter XII Back to American Physical Education

    Old Paths and New Paths

    Back to American Physical Education

    Nature and Nurture of Researchers


Product details

  • No. of pages: 388
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1971
  • Published: January 1, 1971
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483214108

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Walter P. Kroll

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