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Changing Perspectives on Physical Education in Sweden : Implementing Dimensions of Public Health and Sustainable Development
2014 (English)In: Physical Education and Health: Global Perspectives and Best Practice / [ed] Christopher Edginton, Ming-Kai Chin, Urbana, Illinois, USA: Sagamore Publishing, 2014, 463-475Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Health was introduced as part of physical education (PE) in Sweden in 1994. This chapter focuses on both transformational processes and the lack thereof in PE and in physical education teacher education (PETE) in Sweden with the introduction of "health." Prior to that PE focused entirely on different bodily movements for about 170 years, and the demanded changeover has been markedly lagging. At the same time, scientific development within the field of physical activity and health has been strong during the past two decades. Presently, the PETE at The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH in Stockholm, Sweden, is undergoing changes with the aim of creating a merger of perspectives from old, mainly sports-oriented, traditions in PE with newer individual and population health-related perspectives to a wider perspective of physical activity. These new perspectives are framed within diverse dimensions of the environment: for example, how the physical environment affects levels of physical activity and well-being and the need for sustainable development. The rationale for the latter perspective is that the contexts of bodily movement can affect the environment both positively and negatively and are thereby closely linked to both individual and public health. The transformational process described is still in an early state, and clearly future developmental steps are needed, some of which are described in the final section.

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Public Health, Physical Education, Physical Activity, Syllabus, Sustainable Development, Physical Environment, Sweden
National Category
Sport and Fitness Sciences
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Social Sciences/Humanities
URN: urn:nbn:se:gih:diva-2750ISBN: 978-1-57167-702-0OAI: diva2:611848
Available from2013-03-19 Created:2013-03-19 Last updated:2015-03-11Bibliographically approved

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