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How Is Physical Literacy Defined? A Contemporary Update / Lowri, Edwards

Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, Volume: 37, Issue: 3, Pages: 237 - 245

Swansesa University Authors: Lowri, Edwards, Lowri, Edwards

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DOI (Published version): 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 defini...

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Published in: Journal of Teaching in Physical Education
ISSN: 0273-5024 1543-2769
Published: 2018
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa43666
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Abstract: 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.
Keywords: definition, international, policy, practice
College: College of Engineering
Issue: 3
Start Page: 237
End Page: 245