An analysis and review of published literature appertaining to early years physical education and an authority alternative
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This study arose out of a recognition that more comprehensive support should be provided for early years (5–8) teachers in programmes of Physical Education. Thus it was decided to undertake a study which involved teachers in the construction of a critical reflection and the development of appropriate documentation to guide their practice. In order to do this the study needed to encompass: (1) a review of literature and current support materials for first school teachers of Physical Education; (2) a critical analysis of current guidelines for Early Years produced by local education authorities; (3) the formation of a working party of teachers to debate the content and write guidelines; (4) a critical evaluation by distinguished practitioners of the final document. The analysis of currant early years local education authority guidelines showed a strong dependence upon didactic teaching as opposed to more open learning procedures which were recommended by educators in the early years. There was a striking similarity of content and selected schemes in these guidelines. The study produced a set of guidelines entitled 'Let's All Move'. which was submitted to critical scrutiny by distinguished practitioners in Physical Education. The evaluation was fed back into the final production of the book for teachers.
- Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences