Physical Literacy in Elementary Physical Education: A Survey of Fundamental Movement Skill Practice Patterns

Lauren S. Butler, Apeksha Gupta, Amie DeVerna, James G. Moore, Kevin Latz, Cassidy M. Foley Davelaar, Daria Salyakina, Dai Sugimoto

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Abstract

Purpose: To describe fundamental movement skill (FMS) practice patterns in the elementary physical education (PE) curriculum. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was sent to PE teachers of grades 1 through 6. Sixty-eight responses were included for analysis. Results: Only 38.2% of teachers taught all 12 FMS components. Compared with PE teachers for grades 4 to 6, a significantly higher proportion of PE teachers for grades 1 to 3 taught all 12 FMS and used direct instruction methods. For children falling behind, only 8.8% reported referring to an exercise program and no PE teacher sought a health care referral. A video abstract can be found in Supplemental Digital Content 1 (available at: http://links.lww.com/PPT/A342). (Pediatr Phys Ther

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)56-61
Number of pages6
JournalPediatric Physical Therapy
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Gross motor skills
  • Motor competence
  • Physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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