n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - The status of physical education curriculum in six Arab countries : international perspective - : physical education

Volume 15, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


Th is study examines the status of the Physical Education (PE) curriculum for students between the ages of 12 -15 in Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Yemen, and Jordan as viewed by the PE teachers. The questionnaire used consisted of 34 items plus two open-ended questions. Two hundred and twenty six teachers were randomly selected. The results showed that the majority of teachers in all the countries studied concentrated on (1) physical skills more than teaching the theory of PE and promoting a healthy lifestyle, (2) team activities as opposed to individual activities, and (3) command styles were used during PE lessons with no assessment of theoretical skills. Therefore, in order to raise the status of PE in these countries the study makes the following recommendations : (1) teaching a balance of both theory and practice in PE classes an d (2) increasing student participation in PE by selecting a wide of variety of team and individual activities.

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