Physically fit is better than cognitively fit: Why not set up a physical fitness unit in Hong Kong primary school curriculum

Shu Sing Paul WONG

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Abstract

Great academic pressure has destroyed the ingredients of primary curriculum in Hong Kong. Pupils’ attention has been diverted from enjoying childhood learning experiences through discovery and play to learning new knowledge through spoon-feeding and testing. The keen constraints among primary subjects in scheduling lead to the limited provision of Physical Education periods. Thus, the purposes of this paper are to investigate the factors influencing the development of physical fitness programs in Hong Kong and to recommend offering a Physical Fitness Unit with emphasis on health-related fitness components in the primary curriculum. The full details of the unit including aim and objectives, contents, methods and assessment will be discussed. Finally, strategies on implementation are set forth in the paper. Copyright © 1997 New Horizons in Education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-47
JournalNew Horizons in Education
Volume38
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1997

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Citation

Wong, P. S. S. (1997). Physically fit is better than cognitively fit: Why not set up a physical fitness unit in Hong Kong primary school curriculum. New Horizons in Education, 38, 36-47.

Keywords

  • Physical education
  • Primary school curriculum
  • Hong Kong
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