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Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility Through Physical Activity, now entering its third edition, attests to author Don Hellison’s ability to shape and develop character and responsibility in children. Perhaps the success of Hellison’s book can be attributed to his status not only as a highly respected scholar-activist but as a teacher in the trenches working with inner-city kids.

Kids in any situation will benefit from the thoroughly updated material in this edition, which presents practical, proven, easy-to-implement ideas for teaching personal and social responsibility (TPSR) in school, after school, and in alternative settings. It also supplies direction in teaching affective and social moral goals, an in-depth look into teaching character development and values, and a method for helping students develop personal and social responsibility.

Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility Through Physical Activity offers much new material:

• Strategies for alternative schools, afterschool programs, and the emerging youth development movement

• Vignettes sprinkled throughout the chapters, written by TPSR instructors in various settings

• Several chapters that have been completely overhauled

• An expanded assessment chapter to help readers evaluate the impact of TPSR on their kids and apply the strategies

• One new chapter on combining responsibility-based youth development with teacher preparation in physical education

In addition, the book features “Kid Quotes” to help readers understand how kids respond to the TPSR approach, as well as forms and charts to help readers put the ideas and strategies to use.

The result is a field-tested book that is the accepted curricular model in the field—and a resource that will enable teachers to help their students grow into solid citizens both personally and socially.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736094702
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/2/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 504,473
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Don Hellison, PhD, is a professor in the college of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago and codirector of the Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility (TPSR) Alliance. He has extensive experience working with high-risk youth, was a distinguished research fellow at Adelphi University, and has been a visiting professor at numerous universities in the United States and in Canada.

Much of Hellison’s work focuses on the development, implementation, and evaluation of alternative physical activity program models that teach life skills and values, especially for underserved youth.

He has published six books and numerous articles and book chapters. Hellison has received many awards, including the Gulick Medal (AAHPERD’s highest honor) and the International Olympic Committee’s President’s Prize. He has received grant support for 25 projects, served on three editorial boards, and was editor of Quest for two years. He has given keynote addresses, made presentations at professional meetings, and conducted workshops for teachers and youth workers in most of the 50 states, several Canadian provinces, and Israel, Korea, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, England, and Spain. He has also served on numerous committees for several professional associations.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Ideas

Chapter 1. What’s Worth Doing?

What’s Worth Doing in Our Professional Lives?

Birth of Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility

Toward a Working Theory-in-Practice

After-School, Youth Development, and Alternative School Programs

Influence of Related Social and Educational Issues

There Are No Silver Bullets


Chapter 2. A Framework for Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility

Core Values


Levels of Responsibility

Program Leader Responsibilities

Daily Program Format

Other Aspects of the TPSR Framework


Chapter 3. Levels of Responsibility

Progression of Levels

Cumulative Levels

Five Levels

Level Modifications

Levels and Empowerment


Part II: Strategies

Chapter 4. Daily Program Format

Program Leader Responsibilities and the Daily Format

Relational Time

Awareness Talk

Physical Activity Plan

Group Meeting

Reflection Time


Chapter 5. Embedding Responsibility in the Physical Activity Content

Physical Activity Content

Strategy Progression

Level I Strategies

Level II Strategies

Level III Strategies

Level IV Strategies

Level V Strategies

Chapter 6. Strategies for Specific Problems and Situations



Fattening Our Bag of Tricks

Level I: Individual Discipline Problems

Level I: Conflict Resolution Strategies

Level II: Teaching by Invitation

Level III: Struggles With Empowerment

Level IV: Helping and Leadership Problems

Level V: Specific Problems Outside the Gym


Chapter 7. Being Relational With Kids

Four Relational Qualities

Having the Courage to Confront

Relational Qualities and Relational Time

Program Leader Qualities and Skills

Teaching Students With Different Cultural Backgrounds


Part III: Implementation
Chapter 8. TPSR in Physical Education Teacher Education: One Teacher’s Explorations

Teaching TPSR in Physical Education Teacher Education


Site-Based Practicum or Internship

Conference Workshop or Short Course

One-Week Intensive Elective

Semester-Long Elective

Within a Required Activity Course

Within a Required On-Site Undergraduate Methods Course

Required Methods Course in an After-School Program

Framework for a Teacher Education Program

Summary Thoughts


Chapter 9. Coaching Clubs and Other TPSR Structures

Coaching Clubs

Cross-Age Teaching and Leadership

TPSR in Organized Sport

Responsibility-Based Fitness Centers

TPSR on the Playground and at Recess

TPSR in the Classroom

Schoolwide Adoptions of TPSR


Chapter 10. Getting Started



First Steps

Advanced Steps

Teaching as a Subversive Activity


Chapter 11. Assessment and Evaluation Strategies

Student Assessment

Teacher Evaluation

Program Evaluation


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