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Integration between PE and Geography – Czech perspective



Year of publication 2014
Type Conference abstract
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Education

Description After the latest national curriculum revision the Czech curriculum has two levels. According to the Framework Education Programmes created by government each elementary and secondary school was supposed to create its own programme on basis of the national curricula in order to match specific school circumstances, regional traditions and educational purposes. Reforming process of the curricula has been criticized by teachers for the low support of the Ministry of education, Youth and Sport, weak co-ordination, formalness, and low activity of the academic sphere which resulted in the low acceptance of the curricular reform among the teachers and decreasing study results of Czech pupils. From the research results it is also evident that the current conception of the Czech physical education is not accepted homogenously. According to the latest educational programmes a wide variety of physical activities concerning especially health targets should be used in the physical education classes. However, there is a low congruence between the projected and realised curricula which presents a significant problem for the quality evaluation of the subject. As a result of the recent unsatisfactory study performances of Czech pupils, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports decided to start developing new educational standards. These should be based on the Framework Education Programmes. Thus, the development of the standards as well as the testing of the study results recently became a very important issue in the Czech Republic. One important term and topic recently widely discussed in terms of above mentioned problems is physical literacy. In the text we try to define physical literacy and try to identify common intersections between physical literacy and Geography. Finally in our text we present a short theoretical introduction of didactical approaches being used in teaching Physical Education and Geography in an integrative way in the Czech Republic. We also present some chosen practical examples such as outdoor games related to PE and Geography issues. As a conclusion of our text serves discussion about the projected and realised curricula based on the comparison of the Czech curricular papers and carried out practical examples.

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