Flipped Learning in Physical Education: Why and How?

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This brief post introduces a chapter that was included in a new book titled Physical Education and New Technologies, published by the Croatian Kinesiology Association. This chapter is available here (look for the “View/Open button to access the full PDF). In this brief post, chapter author Ove Østerlie introduces the content. Research Gate is a free online resource where educators can find and share academic publications.

This chapter was written to introduce a way of organizing learning activities when using a flipped learning approach in Physical Education (PE). The idea is that students will prepare at home, before the PE class, watching a video explaining key topics and introducing the activities they are going to conduct in their next class. This way they come to school better prepared and more motivated for participating in the practical PE class, and they achieve a better learning outcome.

The chapter explains what flipped learning is, and why this is a teaching method for the future and how the method can be applied to the subject PE. There is also a discussion on how flipped learning can better the way children and parents comprehend and value PE and how the method can help the teacher fulfill the curriculum and assure a good variation in the PE-class content. The level of physical activity and the relationship between teacher and students, and among students, are positively affected by the use of this method.

Using flipped learning in PE will also make the subject, and the school, more transparent and this is a positive thing when we see that many parents have little insight into PE, and value the subject. It is important to point out that the backbone of this method is still the learning that happens in school, between the students, and between the students and the teacher. The videos that the students use for preparation for the PE lessons are used to increase their motivation for participating and to give the students a deeper understanding and a better learning outcome. It is also important to evaluate the content in your practical PE lessons so that the students can fulfill the aims in the curriculum in a way that creates motivation for a lifelong healthy life style.

The method of flipped learning is a way of teaching that can enrich both your lessons and the subject PE.

Access the complete chapter here: https://brage.bibsys.no/xmlui/handle/11250/2405451 (click on the “View/Open button to access the full PDF).

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