Physical Education in Canada – current status

Physical Education in Canada – current status

  • The majority of Canadians do not accumulate the one-hour of daily physical activity required by Canada's Physical Activity Guide to Healthy Living. (CFLRI, 2004)
  • In Canada, many elementary generalists who teach physical education receive minimal training during their teacher preparation programs. (Mandigo, 2004).
  • Despite the wide range of support from various sectors and the research evidence behind the importance of quality physical education programs, Canada is not meeting the fundamental rights of children and youth in our schools. (Mandigo, Presenting the Evidence, 2004
  • Only 39% of Canadian schools reported that those most often responsible for teaching physical education classes are specialists. Secondary schools are more likely to report exclusive use of physical education specialists than elementary schools (53% and 31% respectively) Cameron, Craig, Coles, & Cragg, 2003
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