Developmental Physical Education for All Children

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Human Kinetics, Feb 1, 2007 - Education - 744 pages
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Developmental Physical Education for All Children, Fourth Edition, is now automatically packaged with an online subscription access code for a 6-month subscription to the Journal of Teaching Physical Education (JTPE). With the inclusion of the code, students will have access to the latest scholarly articles on physical education.

JTPEfeatures research articles based on classroom and laboratory studies, descriptive and survey studies, summary and review articles, and discussion of current topics of interest to physical educators at every level.

The text Developmental Physical Education for All Children, Fourth Edition, has been thoroughly updated and revised by world-renowned authors David L. Gallahue and Frances Cleland Donnelly. It provides both the sound philosophical foundation and the tools required to build and improve solid programs that benefit all students. Parts I, II, and III (“The Learner,” “The Teacher,” “The Developmental Program”) present background information that is essential for successful teaching. Parts IV, V, and VI (“The Skill Themes,” “The Content Areas,” “The Program Strands”) focus on developmental movement experiences for preschool and elementary school children.

The CD-ROM accompanying the text is packed with lesson plans, assessment sheets, and worksheets that are ready to use and teacher-tested. Forget about purchasing a separate lesson book—all the practical tools future teachers need for teaching specific developmental physical education lessons can be found in the textbook.

This package prepares future teachers to teach physical education using a student-focused, developmentally appropriate approach. Students will learn how to use developmental games, dance, and gymnastics to teach fundamental movement skills and concepts that center on what's individually appropriate for each student according to motor, cognitive, and affective development.


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Excellent work on physical education for children as well as for teachers and parents.


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About the author (2007)

David L. Gallahue, EdD, is dean of the school of health, physical education, and recreation at Indiana University. A former elementary school PE teacher, he has been a university professor for more than 30 years and has focused his career on children's motor development and movement skill learning.

As owner and director of Challengers Day Camp and after-school program for 20 years, he worked with children, trained beginning teachers, and experimented with the developmental approach. He was chair of both the Council on Physical Education for Children (COPEC) and the Motor Development Academy of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). He was elected to the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education and the North American Society for HPERD Professionals in recognition for his work with children and extensive influence in the field of children's physical education and motor development. He was recently recognized with an honorary professorship from the Chengdu Institute of Physical Education in China for his international efforts on behalf of children.

Dr. Gallahue earned his master's degree from Purdue University and his doctorate from Temple University.

Frances Cleland Donnelly, PED, is associate professor and assistant chair of the health and physical education teacher certification program at West Chester University. She has taught elementary physical education in private and public schools for 10 years and continues to teach children through her university position and research.

Dr. Donnelly served in COPEC from 1999 to 2002. She earned her master's and doctorate degrees in motor development, adapted physical education, and child development from Indiana University. She has published many articles in refereed journals related to critical thinking in K-12 physical education, assessment, dance, interdisciplinary teaching, and teaching methodology.

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