How Is Physical Literacy Defined? A Contemporary Update

Durden-Myers, Elizabeth ORCID: 0000-0001-7705-1138, Shearer, Cara, Goss, Hannah R, Edwards, Lowri C, Keegan, Richard J, Knowles, Zoe R, Boddy, Lynne M and Foweather, Lawrence (2018) How Is Physical Literacy Defined? A Contemporary Update. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 37 (3). pp. 237-245. doi:10.1123/jtpe.2018-0136

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Physical literacy continues to gain global momentum, yet the definition and underlying concept of physical literacy remain contested in both research and practice. This lack of clarity has the potential to undermine the operationalization of physical literacy. This paper considers the various definitions of physical literacy that are currently adopted internationally. Physical literacy experts identified seven leading groups that have established physical literacy initiatives. Although each group is unified in using the term physical literacy, there are contrasting definitions and interpretations of the concept. Common themes were identified, including the (a) influence of physical literacy philosophy, (b) core elements of physical literacy, (c) lifelong nature of physical literacy, and (d) the need to scientifically pursue a robust operationalization of the concept. We conclude by recommending that programs relating to physical literacy should provide a definition, a clear philosophical approach, and transparency with how their actions align with this approach.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Additional Information: Accepted author manuscript version reprinted, by permission, from Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 2018, 37(3): 237-245, © Human Kinetics, Inc.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Physical literacy; Definition; International; Policy; Practice; REF2021
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Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Culture, Continuity, and Transformation
Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Liz Durden-Myers
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2019 11:31
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2022 13:47

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