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High-Quality Physical Education with Global Perspectives in Tsukuba


Unit Name:
Pedagogy of Physical Education
Unit representative:
Professor Yoshinori Okade, Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences

Unit members:
31 (31 faculty members, no postdoctoral fellows, none from other organizations)

Key words:
Physical education, physical education teacher education, curriculum theory, instruction theory, quality


In in-school physical education, it is possible to motivate students through high-quality programs with goals of achieving certain motor skill levels, in addition to performing exercise. To ensure such a high quality, development of curriculum theory, instruction theory and quality teacher education is essential. However, cooperative systems among schools, coaching specialists working with universities, and administrative institutions have not yet been established in this field. Considering such a situation, this research unit is developing systems to provide high-quality physical education through cooperation among schools, universities, and administrative institutions (Figure 1).


Establishing Liaison among Specialists

We have been engaged in the development of appropriate curricula and instruction theory, as well as the educating expert in teaching in physical education, as it is indispensable models are developed in cooperation with those specialized in teaching in each sports disciplines. Developed instructional models are applied to teacher education program in universities, and their effects are evaluated. Subsequently, the developed teacher education programs are improved, while applying developed curriculum models to educational programs for in-service teacher education program in cooperation with administrative institutions and examining their effects on improvement. Such curriculum models, instructional theory and teacher education program are also developed in cooperation with multiple experimental schools of adjacent universities located in Tsukuba City, with a view to feeding back their outcomes to teacher education program for verification and improvement (Figure 2).


From Cambodia to the World – Human Resource Development for Physical Education –

Toward the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals set by the United Nations, development support through sports has been increasingly focused on throughout the world. As the quality of physical education in Japan is highly evaluated, we are expanding it on a worldwide basis. Since 2006, we have participated in a program to support physical education in elementary schools in the Kingdom of Cambodia as advisors; we have been engaged in human resource development for elementary schools providing basic education, such as selecting those who promote physical education and providing knowledge and skills to appropriately use teaching materials, while actively supporting community-based development (photographs 1 and 2). We aim to provide high-quality physical education for as many children as possible throughout Cambodia, and expand this movement from Asia to the World.

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Social contributions and achievements
●Applying apparatus gymnastic programs to elementary schools and examining their effect
●Establishing ball game performance standards in 3 junior high schools located in Tsukuba City
●Participating in a program to support physical education in elementary schools in the Kingdom of Cambodia as advisors
●Supporting physical education in elementary schools, while developing physical education theories and teaching materials for junior and senior high schools in cooperation with the Ibaraki Prefectural Board of Education
●Conducting research for the improvement of physical education in cooperation with the Ibaraki Prefectural Board of Education, Saitama Prefectural Education Center, and Kanagawa Prefecture Taiiku Center
●Providing guidance and advice regarding physical education for children with special needs at Tsukuba Municipal School in cooperation with the Tsukuba City Education Committee and Tsukuba School for Children with Special Needs

(Interviewed on November 7, 2013)

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