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Early Steps Physical Education Curriculum PDF

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    Children under the age of 8 love to move—be it run, hop, jump, wriggle, squiggle, skip, or tumble. Now, with Early Steps Physical Education Curriculum: Theory and Practice for Children Under 8, you can turn that natural energy and enthusiasm into solid social learning and a lifelong love for healthy and active lifestyles.


    Four top educators from Scandinavia, Greece, Cyprus, and the United Kingdom help you understand ways to promote children’s learning and enhance their intrinsic motivation to be physically active. The authors explore pertinent topics for teachers:

    • Child-centred teaching methods

    • Behavior of effective teachers

    • How to develop intrinsic motivation through physical education

    • Curriculum standards with goals and objectives describing what children have learned after lessons are implemented


    The authors also present the complete physical education curriculum, including 48 lesson plans, for children up to the age of 8. You receive social interaction lesson plans, healthy behavior lesson plans, and evaluation methods.


    Each lesson plan has specific goals and objective to be achieved, offers specific points of emphasis to consider as you implement the lesson, and comes with ideas for modifying it according to the children’s needs. These ready-to-use lesson plans provide an instant framework for creating a new program or updating and fortifying your existing program.


    Early Steps Physical Education Curriculum offers a top-notch curriculum, well-researched information and instruction, and engaging and fun games that help children develop social skills and acquire a basic knowledge of what it means to be healthy and active as they continue to grow. It’s a great resource for teachers, students, child-care professionals, and all those who work with preschool children or who train those who will work with preschoolers.

    Table of Contents

    Introduction: Moving to Learn and Learning to Move

    Evridiki Zachopoulou

    Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Greece

    Ian Pickup

    Roehampton University, United Kingdom


    Part I: Basics of an Early Childhood Physical Education Curriculum

    Chapter 1. Early Childhood Physical Education in Europe

    Arja Sääkslahti

    University of Jyväskylä, Finland

    Jarmo Liukkonen

    University of Jyväskylä, Finland

    Variations in Institutional Structures

    Physical Education in Early Childhood

    Societal and Environmental Challenges



    Chapter 2. Teaching Methods

    Ian Pickup

    Roehampton University, United Kingdom

    Need for Child-Centred Teaching Methods

    Starting From the Child

    Selecting What to Observe

    Acting on Observations

    Teaching Styles to Promote Learning

    Using Group Work


    Chapter 3. Teacher Behaviours

    Niki Tsangaridou

    University of Cyprus, Cyprus

    Characteristics of Effective Teachers

    Essential Instructional Strategies for Teaching Physical Education



    Chapter 4. Promoting Children’s Sound Personality Development and Intrinsic Motivation Towards Physical Activity

    Jarmo Liukkonen

    University of Jyväskylä, Finland

    Social Development Through Physical Education

    Development of Intrinsic Motivation Through Physical Education

    Motivational Climate in Physical Education


    Chapter 5. Early Steps Physical Education Curriculum Standards

    Jarmo Liukkonen

    University of Jyväskylä, Finland

    Standard 1

    Standard 2


    Part II: Implementing the Early Steps Physical Education Curriculum


    Chapter 6. Social Interaction Lesson Plans

    Chapter 7. Healthy Behaviour Lesson Plans

    Chapter 8. Evaluation Methods

    Vasilis Grammatikopoulos

    University of Thessaly, Greece

    Evaluation in Education

    Evaluation in Early Childhood Education

    Evaluation Objects, Goals, and Criteria

    Programme Evaluation in Education

    Systems Approach Evaluation

    Practical Applications and Forms


    Appendix: Description of the Early Steps Project

    Evridiki Zachopoulou

    Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Greece


    About the Authors

    About the Contributors

    About the Author

    Evridiki Zachopoulou, PhD, is an associate professor in the department of early childhood care and education at the Alexander Technological Educational Institution of Thessaloniki in Greece. She researches physical education for young children and teaches physical education to early educators. She has written numerous papers and research articles studying the effectiveness of physical education activities and movement programs on children’s overall development. She has also published extensively in professional journals and magazines in the area of curriculum design. In her leisure time, she enjoys playing tennis and hiking.

    Jarmo Liukkonen, PhD, is a professor in the department of sport sciences at the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland. He has conducted research on school physical education and teaches physical education to students and coaches. He has written numerous papers and research articles studying the pedagogical aspects of school physical education and youth sports. From 1991 to 2003, he was a member of the European Sport Psychology Association. In his spare time, he enjoys playing badminton, cross-country skiing, and gardening.

    Ian Pickup, whois completing his PhD, is director of sport and well-being at Roehampton University in London. He has extensive experience teaching physical education from the early years through the university level. He has led physical education teacher education teams at Roehampton and has written texts and chapters to support the development of non-specialist teachers. He is a member of the British Educational Research Association and a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts and Commerce. He enjoys spending time with his children, playing club-standard squash, and keeping fit in the gym.

    Niki Tsangaridou, PhD, is an associate professor in the department of education at the University of Cyprus in Nicosia, Cyprus. She has published extensively on teaching and teacher education in physical education and has made numerous presentations on teacher education topics at international conferences and workshops. She is an editorial member of the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education and is a reviewer for other physical education research journals. She has also taught physical education methods courses and conducted workshops and seminars on teaching young children. In 2004, she received the Metzler-Freedman Exemplary Paper Award from the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education. Away from work, she enjoys sports, writing, and music.