Developing the Physical Education Curriculum: An Achievement-Based Approach by Luke E. Kelly, Vincent J. Melograno
363 pages, $57.95 list
1-4786-2704-2
978-1-4786-2704-3
Developing the Physical Education Curriculum
An Achievement-Based Approach
This book presents a breakthrough achievement-based curriculum (ABC) model designed to guide physical educators step-by-step through the process of translating curriculum theory into functional practice. The ABC approach provides curriculum designers with a systematic decision-making process for developing a curriculum that addresses unique and diverse needs. And it allows designers to incorporate national, state, and local content and assessment standards in their curricula.

The book takes teachers through every phase of curriculum design: foundational understanding of design, development, implementation, and evaluation. Further, it shows teachers how to document that their curriculum is working—a valuable asset in an era of budget cuts.

Other outstanding features include: Opening Scenario, Expected Outcomes, and Making It Work special elements in each chapter to help future teachers understand how to apply the book’s content in school settings; instruction on implementing the curriculum and sharing it with others; strategies for planning, implementing, and evaluating a curriculum and establishing credibility for it; emphasis on student achievement as an indicator of a quality physical education program; forms and worksheets (completed examples and blanks) that give future teachers a hands-on approach to developing, assessing, and revising a curriculum.
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“I was appreciative of how detailed this text was as well as how easy it was to use. It was comprehensive but maintained a reading level appropriate for today’s students.” — Anita L. Sego, University of Central Arkansas
Table of Contents
Part I: UNDERSTANDING CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

1. Foundation for Curriculum Development
Nature of Curriculum / Contemporary Contexts / Philosophical Perspectives / Summary

2. Physical Education Mandates and Standards
Education Mandates / Standards-Based Movement / Summary

3. Physical Education Curriculum Models
Movement Education / Fitness Education / Developmental Education / Activity-Based Education / Humanistic and Social Development / Sport Education / Wilderness Sport and Adventure Education / Conceptually Based Education / Personally Meaningful Education / Eclectic Model / Achievement-Based Curriculum / Summary

4. The Achievement-Based Physical Education Curriculum
Program Planning / Assessing / Implementation Planning / Teaching / Evaluation / Summary

Part II: PLANNING THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM

5. Establishing the Philosophy, Goals, Objectives, and Policies
Overall School Curriculum / Curriculum Models / Step 1: Developing the Program Philosophy / Step 2: Defining Program Goals / Consensus-Building Technique / Step 3: Policies and Resources / Summary

6. Program Planning
Step 4: Delineating Objectives for Each Goal / Step 5: Establishing Program Goal Emphasis / Step 6: Calculating Available Instruction Time / Step 7: Calculating Average Objective Mastery Times / Step 8: Calculating How Much Content Can Be Included in the Curriculum / Step 9: Sequencing the Content across the Curriculum from the Bottom Up Developmentally / Step 10: Developing Teaching and Learning Maps (TLMs) / Step 11: Creating a Functional ABC Guide / Summary

7. Developing Functional Assessments
Assessment Process / Selecting or Developing Assessment Instruments for the Curriculum Objectives / Summary

Part III: IMPLEMENTING THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM

8. Maximizing Learning and Effective Teaching
Maximizing Learning / Effective Teaching / Summary

9. Learning Experiences
Definition and Structure / Criteria for Selection / Individualization Pattern / Interaction Pattern / Accommodating Special Students / Summary

10. Planning for Learning and Teaching
Teaching Templates / Student Learning Formats / Summary

Part IV: EVALUATING AND COMMUNICATING THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM

11. Student Evaluation and Grading
Assessment and Evaluation / Student Evaluation Reports / Creating a Student Evaluation Report / Grading Students / Creating Database Applications / Summary

12. Program Evaluation
Data-Based Decision Making / Data-Based Program Evaluation / Summary

13. Professionalism
Individual Professional Responsibilities / Collective Professional Responsibilities / Self-Reflection / Summary

Appendix A: Program Planning Case Study
Appendix B: Program Planning Worksheets