A review of the evidence and practices supporting the UNESCO Kazan Action Plan for Quality Physical Education

Dean Dudley, Aaron Beighle, Lee Schaefer, John Cairney, Andy Vasily

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    The UNESCO Kazan Action Plan (2017) states that fostering quality physical education (QPE) and active schools
    requires provision that is varied, frequent, challenging, meaningful and inclusive. This paper investigates the
    defining features of this statement based upon the evidence available to date and provides teaching strategies
    for promoting these features in contemporary practice of physical education.
    This paper reviewed the empirical evidence for the theory and practices of this statement as the defining features
    of QPE from a multi-disciplinary base. Further, the evidence supporting a theory of QPE and each of the
    components were reviewed based on broad scanning of academic databases and grey literature. Secondly, it
    identifies the evidence that supports each of these components from those sources. Finally, evidence-based
    teaching strategies for physical educators to implement these components in a productive and pedagogically
    appropriate manner are provided based on available evidence and practitioner experiences.
    In the context of educational agencies, Quality Physical Education being varied, frequent, challenging, meaningful
    and inclusive can be supported by a plethora literature. It was however more difficult to identify the evidence
    of the pedagogical requirements needed to implement these criteria.
    Conclusions This paper is the first to empirically defend and provide strategies for the implementation of
    the UNESCO Kazan Action plan. Furthermore, it delivers on the pledge of the Kazan Action Plan to promote
    research-based evidence as a fundamental impetus in fostering QPE using evidence from multi-disciplinary
    research (UNESCO, 2017 p 8).
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAIESEP World Congress 2018
    Subtitle of host publicationbook of abstracts
    Number of pages1
    Publication statusPublished - 2018
    EventAIESEP World Congress 2018 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    Duration: 25 Jul 201828 Jul 2018


    ConferenceAIESEP World Congress 2018
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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