Target Audience/Purpose: Professional Physical
Educators and Classroom Teachers
Author's purpose for book: To assist physical
educators in inspiring students to live healthy, active lives
as well as to enjoy physical fitness throughout their lifespan.
Dynamic Physical Education (DPE) text was also written to
help new teachers understand why they are teaching various
skills and activities in the curriculum.
The sixteenth edition of Dynamic Physical Education for
Elementary School Children (DPE) retains a strong emphasis
on physical education for professional Physical Education
teachers. This edition also maintains a strong emphasis on
student skill development, physical activity participation,
and physical fitness behaviors. This edition includes supplementary
resources, an instructor resource manual and an instructor
resource DVD (for helping pre-service and in-service teachers
think, reflect, and improve on the act of teaching).
PHYSICAL EDUCATION FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHILDREN, 16th edition
Robert P. Pangrazi and Aaron Beighle
Publisher: Benjamin Cummings; 16 edition (March 5,
Description: Hardcover: 768 pages, English, 3.5 pounds,
11.1 x 8.8 x 1.2 inches
Reviewer: Courtney Teatro, Arizona State University,
Mary Lou Fulton College of Education (2012) Ph.D. student
The new and exciting version of DPE is concise and easier
to read and understand. The text is organized into two main
sections: (a) Instruction and Program Implementation and (b)
Teaching the Objectives of Physical Education. The first part
addresses necessary knowledge to become an effective Physical
Education teacher and part two is comprised of the instructional
activities including (a) Introductory activities (b) Fitness
activities (c) Lessons (d) Games and (e) Instructional diagrams.
Summary: The chapters are outlined in a
very user friendly format which makes the textbook an easy
read. For each chapter, the authors do a nice job of highlighting
the essential components of a quantity of programs and NASPE
standards as well as providing applications for the content.
Pictures, graphics, and tables are vivid, inviting, and simple.
Physical activities are broken down into the simplest form
for teaching, which is useful for individuals new to this
curricular model or reviewing this content knowledge.
In the second section of the textbook, the lesson plans/activities
are also very detailed with diagrams, checklists, pictures,
and hints for maximum understanding and transitions for teaching
content to students. The authors give many examples and choices
of activities to choose from as well as providing information
on the playing area, players, supplies and skills need to
meet lesson objectives. One of the most useful features of
the book are the definitions in the back!
Strength/Limitations: Strengths: This book
provides a great variety of evidence-based activities. The
new layout of the book offers the information in a more concise
and easier to understand format. In addition, the authors
included the NASPE standards and the eight essential components
of a quality program. Further, age and developmental appropriate
assessments are included.
Limitations: One limitation may be a lack
of specific training to implement specific assessment instruments
Recommendation: DPE provides teachers with
the necessary tools to focus on teaching and managing students.
It is a great road map to increase success and confidence
in teaching. This book is also great for districts or schools
who do not have a defined curricular model.
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