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This book helps the reader develop a complete view of the study of Kinesiology. In addition to historical and philosophical justifications for the study of Kinesiology, this book also provides a look at the field's many subdisciplines, including sport sciences, including exercise physiology and sport humanities, including sport psychology. Emphasis is placed on the different types of knowledge that are most often used in Kinesiology, including the scientific method, observation, critical thinking, and story telling. The book concludes with a discussion of the nature of human movement and how the field has been affected by various education reform movements. Four sections are titled Introduction; The Sub-disciplines and Professions; Foundations of Human Movement; and Kinesiology Reconsidered. For anyone interested in human movement and its applications.
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Rather than simply surveying the field of kinesiology, this text interprets the field and argues that kinesiologists use a variety of types of knowledge. Following chapters on basic terms, definitions, and traditional descriptions of the professions, the authors present discussion of the types of knowledge most frequently used; understanding the principles through reasoning and observation; using science to investigate movement; expanding awareness of the moving, lived experience; and experiencing the meanings behind the stories that define the field to its members. Finally, they discuss the nature of movement itself as well as the political aspects of the field. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205158416
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 4/5/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 239
  • Product dimensions: 7.26 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Each chapter includes "Summary," "Discussion Questions," "References," and "Endnotes."



1. Introduction to Human Movement.
Naming the Field and the Field Defined.
Defining the Body of Knowledge.

2. Terms and Definitions.
Kinesiology and Biomechanics.
Physical Education.

3. Knowing Kinesiology.
The Subdisciplines.
The Profession/Subdiscipline Debate.
Knowing the Field of Kinesiology.

4. The Subdisciplines.
Sport Pedagogy.
The Sciences.
The Social Sciences.
The Humanities.

5. Professional Opportunities and Professional Responsibilities.
Establishing Professional Credibility and Integrity.
Establishing Professional Status and Recognition.
American Council on Exercise.
National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Agency.
American College of Sports Medicine.
Coaching Certification: The Double-Edged Sword.
Criteria for a Recognized and Respected Profession.
Focus 2000: Professional Opportunities for the Next Century.
Careers in Education.
The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD).
The Role of Technology in Kinesiology Professions.

6. A Selected Overview of the History of Sport and Physical Activity.
The Significance of Historical Information.
Sports and Physical Activity in the Ancient World.
The Development of Spirit in America.

7. Philosophy in Kinesiology.
Definitions in Philosophy.

8. Knowing through Authority.
Authority: "I Know What I Am Told."
Philosophical Basis of Authority as a Way of Knowing — Plato's Truth.
Authority in Action.
Using Authority to Describe the Subdisciplines of Kinesiology.

9. Knowing through Thought.
Descartes' Metaphysics.
The Role of the Body in Descartes' Metaphysics.
Other Consequences of Descartes' Epistemology.
Descartes' Rationalism and the Value of Knowledge in Kinesiology.

10. Knowing through Observation.
John Locke.
Francis Bacon.
Thomas Hobbes.
Behaviorism in Sport and Kinesiology.

11. Knowing through Experimentation.
The "Epistemology" of Pragmatism.
John Dewey's Epistemology.
The Characteristics of the Pragmatic Method.
Science in Physical Education.
Pragmatism and Science Applied.

12. Knowing through Awareness.
Existentialism in Kinesiology.
Peak Moments.
Peak Experience.
Peak Performance.
Distinctions between Peak Moments.
Somatics in Kinesiology.

13. Knowing through Story Telling.

14. The Nature of Human Movement.
Human Movement: The "Soul" of Kinesiology.
The Content of Human Movement.

15. The Development and Reform of Kinesiology, Physical Education, and Sport.
Women and Physical Education.
The Influence of Germans and Swedes in the Development of American Physical Education.
Early College Physical Education Programs.
Developing the Profession of Physical Education.
The New Physical Education: Reforming the Nature of Physical Education.
The New Physical Education: Reforming the Nature of Physical Education.
Reforming American Education.
The Coleman Report.
The Reform Movement in Sport and Physical Education.
The Response.
Reform: A Continual Process in the 1990s and Beyond.


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