Module JXH-3059:
Physical Literacy

Module Facts

Run by School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Mr Gethin Thomas

Overall aims and purpose

This module aims to develop your understanding of Physical Literacy and its relevance to today’s global health agenda. Furthermore, we will explore Pedagogical approaches within Physical Education that ensure the development of Physically Literate lifelong participants in physical activity.

Course content

Physical Literacy is a fundamental and valued human capability that has been described as: a disposition acquired by human individuals encompassing the motivation, confidence and physical competence that establishes purposeful physical activity as an integral part of their lifestyle (Whitehead)

This module begins by exploring current trends in global physical activity levels focussing on its cost, both human and economic. We will evaluate current trends in Physical Activity in Wales using the School Sport Survey data results from 2013 (n=10,000). Furthermore, we will analyse what the survey results tell us about participation trends and barriers to participation, and how these barriers can be eliminated.

An exploration of your personal Physical Literacy Journey and the development of a whole group vision for Physical Literacy will lead to a thorough understanding of Professor Margaret Whitehead’s definition of Physical Literacy.

Current examples of good practice will be shared (PLPS) and connections made between Physical Education, Physical Literacy and e.g. inclusion, learning difficulties (dyslexia).

Assessment Criteria

threshold

To achieve a D- grade, students need to: Completed pod cast correctly.
Inappropriate/poor narrative or background music may affect the quality of the presentation. Content partially demonstrates an argument for immediate action on global physical inactivity. Little reference made to current obesity/physical activity research and data. There may be major omissions in the review of Physical Literacy. Review of holistic concept is incomplete although reference may be made to definition. Little or no review/evaluation of the relationship between Physical Literacy and Physical Activity. Little or in places confused reference to research/theory. Evaluation of strategies that support lifelong development of Physical Literacy is only partially developed. Overall the Podcast is more engaging.

excellent

To achieve an A- grade, students need to: Podcast clearly demonstrates professional quality and originality in style and format. The podcast consistently uses multi sensory approach to captivate the viewer, images text and sound are co-ordinated and used imaginatively and with consistent impact. • Consistent presentation of an evidence based argument for immediate action on global Physical Inactivity with a specific focus on Wales • An in depth and complete review of the holistic concept of Physical Literacy (Whitehead, 2010) and its potential effectiveness in increasing physical activity levels through school and community experiences • The relationship between Physical Literacy and Physical Activity is presented and evidence consistently applied to support all arguments presented • Thorough evaluation of several pedagogical strategies that support the lifelong development of Physical Literacy with consistent reference to current research literature.

good

To achieve a C- grade, students need to: Podcast will be clear and concise. Although the presentation may only be adequate due to defects in timing/inappropriate background music. Content provides an argument for immediate action on global physical inactivity, content is makes some reference to current obesity/physical activity research and data Some omissions in the review of Physical Literacy, however, review of holistic concept is poor although reference is made to e.g. Margaret Whiteheads definition. Review/evaluation of the relationship between Physical Literacy and Physical Activity is presented and evidence is used to support the arguments. Some reference made to research/theory, although further evaluation of strategies that support lifelong development of Physical Literacy is poorly developed.

Learning outcomes

    1. Review the holistic concept of Physical Literacy (Whitehead, 2010) and assess its effectiveness in resolving physical inactivity
    1. Evaluate strategies that support the lifelong development of Physical Literacy
    1. Construct an evidence based argument for immediate action on global Physical Inactivity with a specific focus on Wales

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Pod cast on Physical Inactivity 100

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Workshop

Workshops: 4 x 2 hrs

8
Practical classes and workshops

Practicals: 3 x 2 hrs

6
Private study

Private study time = 78 (made up of weekly reading: 22 Preparation of podcast assessment: 54)

78
Lecture

Lectures: 4 x 2 hrs

8

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting

Subject specific skills

  • research and assess paradigms, theories, principles, concepts and factual information, and apply such skills in explaining and solving problems
  • describe, synthesise, interpret, analyse and evaluate information and data relevant to a professional or vocational context
  • plan, design, execute and communicate a sustained piece of independent intellectual work, which provides evidence of critical engagement with, and interpretation of, appropriate data
  • develop a sustained reasoned argument, perhaps challenging previously held assumptions
  • demonstrate effective written and/or oral communication and presentation skills
  • work effectively independently and with others
  • take and demonstrate responsibility for their own learning and continuing personal and professional development
  • develop transferable skills of relevance to careers outside of sport, health and exercise sciences.
  • communicate succinctly at a level appropriate to different audiences.

Resources

Reading list

Tailored readings (Journal Articles etc) are available to students on Blackboard. Key text: Margaret Whitehead (2001) The Concept of Physical Literacy, European Journal of Physical Education, 6:2, 127-138. https://doi.org/10.1080/1740898010060205

Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Pre-requisites:

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses:

Optional in courses: