Why you should stop worrying about your physical education qualifications
Physical education has become a popular subject in Australia.
So popular, in fact, that many schools are using it to encourage their students to complete their physical education courses.
And despite the fact that physical education is a fairly well-established field of study, a growing number of students are starting to question their knowledge and experience in the subject.
So how well do you know your physical history?
Here’s a look at the basics of physical education and how to make sure you’re up to snuff.
What is physical education?
Physical education is the study of physical movement.
It involves the study and application of physical skills, such as balance, balance and agility, to the performance of physical tasks such as running, lifting, walking and jumping.
It’s a form of physical activity which is designed to strengthen the body and mind.
The most well-known physical educators in the world are Australian Physical Education Association (APEA) accredited teachers and a host of other professional physical educators.
The APEA, which is based in Perth, has a range of accredited physical education programs which teach physical skills to school-age children and adults across the country.
APEA is currently seeking to increase the number of APEA accredited physical educators by 5 per cent over the next two years.
Its chief executive officer, Peter Jones, says the current enrolment is already impressive.
“We have the biggest and most diverse range of physical educators around the country,” Mr Jones said.
“Our membership numbers are over 2,500 and we have almost 900 registered members across the State of WA, the Northern Territory, the ACT, Tasmania, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.”
“This is an enormous opportunity for us to deliver physical education to a significant proportion of the population.”
Mr Jones says the APEA has already secured the funding to develop a range and levels of physical instruction for children in primary school, but the organisation is also looking at expanding to secondary school.
“The APEA now has a lot of experience with a range, and that is why we are really excited about this expansion to secondary schools,” he said.
What does physical activity involve?
Physical activity involves the ability to perform complex physical tasks.
For example, it can involve jumping, standing and balancing.
“It’s a very complex task, so it’s very hard to learn how to do,” Mr Jackson said.
You need to have a lot to do at the same time.
“You have to balance on one foot and you have to push against a lot more than one foot, so you can get a lot out of one foot,” he explained.
The first step is to get a balance test before you start learning how to use a balance board, Mr Jackson added.
You also need to know how to balance your body while walking.
“So when you do these different activities it can be quite a learning curve, it takes a lot,” Mr Walker said.
How well do I know my physical history now?
You’ll have to take a physical history test to check your physical condition and history.
If you have any health concerns, such a history test may be required.
Where can I find out more about physical education in schools?
The APEA website is home to many online resources for schools and parents.
The organisation also has a dedicated physical education brochures for schools to promote physical education as part of their curriculum.
The latest physical education guidelines from the Australian Physical Activity Council (APAC) state that the majority of Australian schools teach physical education through physical activity and exercise, with physical education being taught at the earliest grade level.
APEAC also recommends that schools develop physical education curricula and activities, including physical education competitions and physical education clubs.
The Australian Physical Exercise Council (APSEC) is a body of physical fitness professionals and physical educators who work together to develop best practice guidelines and training for physical activity.
Do physical education teachers need to be physical educators?
Physical education teachers do not have to be certified physical educators to be accredited.
In fact, there is a range from the very best to the very worst physical educators on the planet.
APEC says it recommends that physical educators have a range.
“For many years physical education educators have also trained in an occupational health, occupational wellness and safety setting,” Mr Evans said.
APAC also encourages teachers to be physically active in their role.
“There are some physical education activities which teachers should actively participate in, such is running, swimming, lifting and balance,” Mr Edwards said.
It is important to remember that the role of physical teacher is different to that of a teacher or physical education instructor.
“Physical education is about developing the skills required to support people in their everyday lives,” Mr Lee said.
For physical education professionals, it is also important to be mindful of the importance of physical and emotional health, and the role that physical activity plays in that.