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Early Steps Physical Education Curriculum eBook

Early Steps Physical Education Curriculum eBook

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    Children under the age of 8 love to move—be it run, hop, jump, wriggle, squiggle, skip, or tumble. Now, with Early Steps Physical Education Curriculum: Theory and Practice for Children Under 8, you can turn that natural energy and enthusiasm into solid social learning and a lifelong love for healthy and active lifestyles.

    Four top educators from Scandinavia, Greece, Cyprus, and the United Kingdom help you understand ways to promote children’s learning and enhance their intrinsic motivation to be physically active. The authors explore pertinent topics for teachers:
    • Child-centred teaching methods
    • Behavior of effective teachers
    • How to develop intrinsic motivation through physical education
    • Curriculum standards with goals and objectives describing what children have learned after lessons are implemented
    The authors also present the complete physical education curriculum, including 48 lesson plans, for children up to the age of 8. You receive social interaction lesson plans, healthy behavior lesson plans, and evaluation methods.

    Each lesson plan has specific goals and objective to be achieved, offers specific points of emphasis to consider as you implement the lesson, and comes with ideas for modifying it according to the children’s needs. These ready-to-use lesson plans provide an instant framework for creating a new program or updating and fortifying your existing program.

    Early Steps Physical Education Curriculum offers a top-notch curriculum, well-researched information and instruction, and engaging and fun games that help children develop social skills and acquire a basic knowledge of what it means to be healthy and active as they continue to grow. It’s a great resource for teachers, students, child-care professionals, and all those who work with preschool children or who train those who will work with preschoolers.


    A reference for professionals working with preschool children and a text for future professionals.

    Table of Contents

    Introduction: Moving to Learn and Learning to Move
            Evridiki Zachopoulou
            Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Greece
            Ian Pickup
            Roehampton University, United Kingdom

    Part I: Basics of an Early Childhood Physical Education Curriculum
    Chapter 1. Early Childhood Physical Education in Europe
            Arja Sääkslahti
            University of Jyväskylä, Finland
            Jarmo Liukkonen
            University of Jyväskylä, Finland
    Variations in Institutional Structures
    Physical Education in Early Childhood
    Societal and Environmental Challenges

    Chapter 2. Teaching Methods
            Ian Pickup
            Roehampton University, United Kingdom
    Need for Child-Centred Teaching Methods
    Starting From the Child
    Selecting What to Observe
    Acting on Observations
    Teaching Styles to Promote Learning
    Using Group Work

    Chapter 3. Teacher Behaviours
            Niki Tsangaridou
            University of Cyprus, Cyprus
    Characteristics of Effective Teachers
    Essential Instructional Strategies for Teaching Physical Education

    Chapter 4. Promoting Children’s Sound Personality Development and Intrinsic Motivation Towards Physical Activity
            Jarmo Liukkonen
            University of Jyväskylä, Finland
    Social Development Through Physical Education
    Development of Intrinsic Motivation Through Physical Education
    Motivational Climate in Physical Education

    Chapter 5. Early Steps Physical Education Curriculum Standards
            Jarmo Liukkonen
            University of Jyväskylä, Finland
    Standard 1
    Standard 2

    Part II: Implementing the Early Steps Physical Education Curriculum
    Chapter 6. Social Interaction Lesson Plans
    Chapter 7. Healthy Behaviour Lesson Plans
    Chapter 8. Evaluation Methods
            Vasilis Grammatikopoulos
            University of Thessaly, Greece
    Evaluation in Education
    Evaluation in Early Childhood Education
    Evaluation Objects, Goals, and Criteria
    Programme Evaluation in Education
    Systems Approach Evaluation
    Practical Applications and Forms

    Appendix: Description of the Early Steps Project
            Evridiki Zachopoulou
            Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Greece
    About the Authors
    About the Contributors

    About the Author & Editor

    Evridiki Zachopoulou, PhD,is an associate professor in the department of early childhood care and education at the Alexander Technological Educational Institution of Thessaloniki in Greece. She researches physical education for young children and teaches physical education to early educators. She has written numerous papers and research articles studying the effectiveness of physical education activities and movement programs on children’s overall development. She has also published extensively in professional journals and magazines in the area of curriculum design. In her leisure time, she enjoys playing tennis and hiking.


    Jarmo Liukkonen, PhD, is a professor in the department of sport sciences at the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland. He has conducted research on school physical education and teaches physical education to students and coaches. He has written numerous papers and research articles studying the pedagogical aspects of school physical education and youth sports. From 1991 to 2003, he was a member of the European Sport Psychology Association. In his spare time, he enjoys playing badminton, cross-country skiing, and gardening.


    Ian Pickup, who is completing his PhD, is director of sport and well-being at Roehampton University in London. He has extensive experience teaching physical education from the early years through the university level. He has led physical education teacher education teams at Roehampton and has written texts and chapters to support the development of non-specialist teachers. He is a member of the British Educational Research Association and a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts and Commerce. He enjoys spending time with his children, playing club-standard squash, and keeping fit in the gym.


    Niki Tsangaridou, PhD, is an associate professor in the department of education at the University of Cyprus in Nicosia, Cyprus. She has published extensively on teaching and teacher education in physical education and has made numerous presentations on teacher education topics at international conferences and workshops. She is an editorial member of the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education and is a reviewer for other physical education research journals. She has also taught physical education methods courses and conducted workshops and seminars on teaching young children. In 2004, she received the Metzler-Freedman Exemplary Paper Award from the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education. Away from work, she enjoys sports, writing, and music.