This paper represents a preliminary attempt to study how ninety-one Panel head teachers of Physical Education plan and implement their PE curriculum in secondary schools in Hong Kong. The traditional model suggested by Tyler (1949) which identified the curriculum planning in terms of objectives, content, methods and evaluation has been adopted for framing areas of enquiry. Questionnaire and interview techniques were employed for collecting data in both qualitative and quantitative terms. Cross reference has also been made with the official syllabus recommended by the Curriculum Development Committee (1988). Most PE head teachers, in this study, employed a 'collaborative strategy' in planning their curriculum. The yearly planning was only a 'formality' and little changes for curriculum improvement has been observed. Moreover, most subjects were not aware of the current development of the curriculum theory as well as the subject content. The CDC syllabus was commonly adopted as reference in planning their curriculum especially for the junior forms for it was the only source of material available. Not much clear objectives and content were observed for the PE curriculum of the senior Forms, which needs desperately to be strengthened. Affective aspects of the aims and objectives of PE were over-emphasized. Elements of objectivity and systematization concerning assessment and evaluation received less attention by most subjects. Exposure to innovative ideas for he improvement of the PE curriculum for secondary school students was limited. Means of supporting the secondary school PE teachers in forms of providing more teaching materials, organizing more courses and seminars, and creating opportunities for sharing and curricular development are urgently required.
|Publication status||Published - Nov 1996|