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Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility Through Physical Activity-3rd Edition

Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility Through Physical Activity-3rd Edition

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    Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility Through Physical Activity, now entering its third edition, attests to author Don Hellison’s ability to shape and develop character and responsibility in children. Perhaps the success of Hellison’s book can be attributed to his status not only as a highly respected scholar-activist but as a teacher who worked in the trenches with inner-city kids.

    Kids in any situation will benefit from the thoroughly updated material in this edition, which presents practical, proven, easy-to-implement ideas for teaching personal and social responsibility (TPSR) in school, after school, and in alternative settings. It also supplies direction in teaching affective and social moral goals, an in-depth look into teaching character development and values, and a method for helping students develop personal and social responsibility.

    Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility Through Physical Activity offers much new material:

    • Strategies for alternative schools, afterschool programs, and the emerging youth development movement

    • Vignettes sprinkled throughout the chapters, written by TPSR instructors in various settings

    • Several chapters that have been completely overhauled

    • An expanded assessment chapter to help readers evaluate the impact of TPSR on their kids and apply the strategies

    • One new chapter on combining responsibility-based youth development with teacher preparation in physical education

    In addition, the book features “Kid Quotes” to help readers understand how kids respond to the TPSR approach, as well as forms and charts to help readers put the ideas and strategies to use.

    The result is a field-tested book that is the accepted curricular model in the field—and a resource that will enable teachers to help their students grow into solid citizens both personally and socially.


    Supplemental text for college PE methods or curriculum courses; primary text for class management, behavior management, and teaching responsibility courses. Resource for K-12 PE teachers, classroom teachers, youth workers, administrators, and coaches who inspire to build character.

    Part I: Ideas

    Chapter 1. What’s Worth Doing?

    What’s Worth Doing in Our Professional Lives?

    Birth of Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility

    Toward a Working Theory-in-Practice

    After-School, Youth Development, and Alternative School Programs

    Influence of Related Social and Educational Issues

    There Are No Silver Bullets


    Chapter 2. A Framework for Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility

    Core Values


    Levels of Responsibility

    Program Leader Responsibilities

    Daily Program Format

    Other Aspects of the TPSR Framework


    Chapter 3. Levels of Responsibility

    Progression of Levels

    Cumulative Levels

    Five Levels

    Level Modifications

    Levels and Empowerment


    Part II: Strategies

    Chapter 4. Daily Program Format

    Program Leader Responsibilities and the Daily Format

    Relational Time

    Awareness Talk

    Physical Activity Plan

    Group Meeting

    Reflection Time


    Chapter 5. Embedding Responsibility in the Physical Activity Content

    Physical Activity Content

    Strategy Progression

    Level I Strategies

    Level II Strategies

    Level III Strategies

    Level IV Strategies

    Level V Strategies


    Chapter 6. Strategies for Specific Problems and Situations



    Fattening Our Bag of Tricks

    Level I: Individual Discipline Problems

    Level I: Conflict Resolution Strategies

    Level II: Teaching by Invitation

    Level III: Struggles With Empowerment

    Level IV: Helping and Leadership Problems

    Level V: Specific Problems Outside the Gym


    Chapter 7. Being Relational With Kids

    Four Relational Qualities

    Having the Courage to Confront

    Relational Qualities and Relational Time

    Program Leader Qualities and Skills

    Teaching Students With Different Cultural Backgrounds


    Part III: Implementation

    Chapter 8. TPSR in Physical Education Teacher Education: One Teacher’s Explorations

    Teaching TPSR in Physical Education Teacher Education


    Site-Based Practicum or Internship

    Conference Workshop or Short Course

    One-Week Intensive Elective

    Semester-Long Elective

    Within a Required Activity Course

    Within a Required On-Site Undergraduate Methods Course

    Required Methods Course in an After-School Program

    Framework for a Teacher Education Program

    Summary Thoughts


    Chapter 9. Coaching Clubs and Other TPSR Structures

    Coaching Clubs

    Cross-Age Teaching and Leadership

    TPSR in Organized Sport

    Responsibility-Based Fitness Centers

    TPSR on the Playground and at Recess

    TPSR in the Classroom

    Schoolwide Adoptions of TPSR


    Chapter 10. Getting Started



    First Steps

    Advanced Steps

    Teaching as a Subversive Activity


    Chapter 11. Assessment and Evaluation Strategies

    Student Assessment

    Teacher Evaluation

    Program Evaluation


    Don Hellison, PhD, was a professor in the college of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago and codirector of the Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility (TPSR) Alliance. He worked extensively with high-risk youth, was a distinguished research fellow at Adelphi University, and was a visiting professor at numerous universities in the United States and in Canada.

    Much of Hellison’s work focused on the development, implementation, and evaluation of alternative physical activity program models that teach life skills and values, especially for underserved youth.

    He published numerous books, articles, and book chapters. Hellison received many awards, including the Gulick Medal (AAHPERD’s highest honor) and the International Olympic Committee’s President’s Prize. He received grant support for 25 projects, served on three editorial boards, and was editor of Quest for two years. He gave keynote addresses, made presentations at professional meetings, and conducted workshops for teachers and youth workers in most of the 50 states, several Canadian provinces, and Israel, Korea, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, England, and Spain. He also served on numerous committees for several professional associations.

    Don Hellison passed away in 2018.