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“The adoption of physical literacy as the goal of PE presents a powerful opportunity for the
profession. It allows us to unify behind a vision of who we are and what we do.”

Roetert & MacDonald (2015)

Developing Healthy Movers for Life

Physical literacy in a technologically driven world becomes an essential piece of overall health and wellbeing. As the pandemic continues, we see tremendous impacts on the health of adults and children, and the critical importance of learning to move well emerges as a foundation for life long healthy active living. Exploring play and a wide variety of fundamental movement skills throughout our lifetimes can have a profound impact on our health and well being.

Teacher  Resources - OPHEA Video Series

OPHEA - Physical Literacy

Video 1 - Introduction Physical & Health Literacy

Introduction to Physical & Health Literacy is the first video in the three part series and is intended for children aged 4-9. In this video, children will be introduced to the concepts of physical and health literacy. A general overview of both terms will be introduced and defined in order to help children and youth build the ground level knowledge needed to lead a healthy and active life every day.



Brian J. Kooiman, Dwayne P. Sheehan, Michael Wesolek & Eliseo Tetegui

The use of the Internet within education has created an urgent need for research into online learning models, delivery methods and curriculum content modifications especially in online physical education (OLPE). Most secondary OLPE courses focus on the cognitive pieces of the curriculum, and to a lesser degree, fitness for life due to a lack of research. The omission of the physical, social and emotional components of the OLPE curriculum has created a rift in the understanding, growth and development of students who take these courses. For this reason, Kinesiology professionals need to take a lead in the development of OLPE curricula through efficacious research. 

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Rosie Welch, Laura Alfrey & Anne Harris

Creativity discourses have been central to educational scholarship and policy moves over the past decades (Gormley, 2018; Lucas, 2017), but little research explicitly attends to the intersection between Health and Physical Education (H/PE) and creativity. Writing from the Australian context, we discuss how the pedagogical Key Ideas or Propositions1 of the Australian Curriculum: HPE (AC: HPE) and the Critical and Creative Thinking (CCT) general capability (ACARA, 2015) can facilitate re-energising practice in the Australian context and beyond.

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Daniel B. Robinson & Lynn Randall

Margaret Whitehead first introduced the concept of physical literacy over 20 years ago. Since that introduction, physical literacy has been gaining in popularity within many Western physical education and sport contexts. This is particularly true within Canada, where physical literacy has been embraced by two of the nation’s most notable national physical education and sport organizations (i.e., Physical and Health Education Canada, Canadian Sport for Life). 

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The Value of Fostering Physical Literacy

Margaret Whitehead, Elizabeth Durden-Myers & Niek Pot

This article considers the value of physical literacy. Unequivocal support for aspects of the concept can be found in philosophy, neuroscience, social justice, the nature of human development, psychology, and sociocultural studies. These areas of support will be outlined and then related to the practical value of physical literacy in the school context. This article will close with a discussion centered on claims that physical literacy is an end in itself rather than predominantly a means to other ends.

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Resource to Share with Parents: Helping Your Child Develop Physical Literacy 

Jeffrey S.Gehris et al.

The development of physical literacy begins in the very early stages of childhood — even  before young children enter the school system and are exposed to structured physical  education classes. This means that parents are essential allies in building an early foundation for their children’s development of essential skills that will enable them to move with  competence and confidence in a wide variety of physical activities, as well as reap important health benefits.

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