Policy Development in Physical Education … The Last Best Chance? National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education 37th Dudley Allen Sargent Commemorative Lecture 2018

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In this article, I provide a brief historical perspective on how state-level policy was an integral part of the rise of school physical education in the first half of the twentieth century, as well as the evolution of sport pedagogy as a subdiscipline within the field of kinesiology. The role and importance of policy in changing behavior are presented using reductions in tobacco use and improvements in automobile safety as examples. “Impact” of best available research evidence is presented as a multilayered concept, from surface level impact at the personal level to “deep impact” that would be reflected in improved professional practice. The influence of the changing landscapes in K-12 and higher education present both external and internal barriers that, coupled with a lack of awareness (or neglect?) of the role and impact of policy, have hamstrung any appreciable progress in professional practice. In the final section, I argue that unless kinesiology becomes proactive in advocacy toward state-level policy development, school physical education will retain its marginalized place. Initial suggestions are provided to help initiate greater involvement in such policy development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-22
Number of pages22
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Mar 22 2018



  • impact
  • physical education
  • Policy development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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