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What Would Physical Educators Know About Movement Education? A Review of Literature, 2006–2016

Review article
Authors Dean Barker
Helene Bergentoft
Gunn Nyberg
Published in Quest
Volume 69
Issue 4
Pages 419-435
ISSN 0033-6297
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Food and Nutrition, and Sport Science
Pages 419-435
Language en
Links https://doi.org/10.1080/00336297.20...
Keywords Analogy, hermeneutics, motor learning, movement capability, skill
Subject categories Pedagogy


This review article identifies the conceptual underpinnings of current movement research in physical education. Using a hermeneutic approach, four analogies for movement education are identified: the motor program analogy, the neurobiological systems analogy, the instinctive movement analogy, and the embodied exploration analogy. Three issues related to logical consistency and its relevance for movement education are raised. The first relates to tensions between the analogies and educational policy. The second concerns differences among the four analogies. The third issue relates to the appropriateness of specific analogies for dealing with certain movement contexts. In each case, strategies for improvement are considered. The article concludes with a brief summary, along with reflections on issues that require further attention.

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