Physical-Literacy-Enriched Physical Education: A Capabilities Perspective

Durden-Myers, Elizabeth ORCID: 0000-0001-7705-1138 and Bartle, Gillian (2023) Physical-Literacy-Enriched Physical Education: A Capabilities Perspective. Children, 10 (9). Art 1503. doi:10.3390/children10091503

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1) Background: Physical literacy is increasing in popularity across the world as a concept central to the promotion of lifelong engagement in physical activity across a multitude of sectors. The education sector has embraced physical literacy as a concept worthy of focus. Physical literacy literature is bold in its claim that physical literacy should be the foundation of physical education. The objective of this paper was to understand the value of physical literacy as the goal of physical education through the lens of the capability approach; (2) Positioning: This research adopted a post-qualitative sensibility whereby knowledge is decentered, favoring the inseparability of ethics, ontology, and knowledge (ethico-onto-epistemology); (3) Discussion: Throughout the discussion, traditional humanist examples are extended to include post-humanism perspectives to offer a more holistic and ecological appreciation of the relationship between capabilities, physical literacy, and physical education, using the ten capabilities of life, bodily health, bodily integrity, senses, imagination and thought, emotions, practical reason, affiliation, other species, play, and control over one’s environment; (4) Conclusions: The paper concludes with the recommendation that the capabilities approach offers a valuable framework for the continued justification of physical-literacy-enriched physical education, which, when aligned, can help to shape the opportunities provided for children and young people in support of their holistic development and lifelong engagement in physical activity.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Additional Information: This article belongs to the Special Issue Developing Physical Literacy in Children
Uncontrolled Keywords: Physical literacy; Physical education; Education; Capability approach; Philosophy
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Society and Learning
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2023 10:14
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2023 13:45

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