Curriculum and Planning Issues in Physical Education and Coaching

Science & Technology
Sport Science
Course Code
SPSC 4291
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course explores issues impacting PE curriculum from the macro and micro level. At the macro level social, political, and economic dynamics influencing physical education curriculum are considered in relation to National and Provincial K-12 curricular mandates. At a micro level, issues related to curricular planning and implementation at the Board, School, and classroom levels are explored. A process of critical analysis will be used to enable students to consider the complex issues impacting PE curriculum and coaching.
Course Content

Module 1. Understanding Curriculum

  1. Curriculum foundations
    • National and provincial social, political, and economic contexts influencing physical education, education philosophy, aims, and mandates
    • National and Provincial physical education curricular initiatives, mandates, and standards
    • A case for Daily Quality Physical Education (QDPE)
    • The aims and goals of physical education expressed in British Columbia
      • Health promotion and disease prevention
      • Life-long activity
      • Developing inclusive and rewarding learning environments
        • Gender considerations
        • Planning for inclusion
        • Culturally responsive physical education
        • Age and developmental considerations
    • BC IRP / BC K-12 documents
      • Curriculum design and implementation plan
  2. Physical Education Curriculum Models:
    • Review of multiple models covered in 4199
    • Understanding models in context (e.g., Reflective of philosophy and responsive to social conditions)

Module 2. Curriculum & Pedagogy

  1. Teacher identity and biography as an impact on curriculum
  2. Student identity and biography in curriculum
  3. Values and curriculum
  4. Pedagogical work done by physical education
  5. Curriculum inquiry approach

Module 3. Issues impacting curriculum and planning

  1. Gender and physical education curriculum
    • Physical education and social norms of masculinity
    • Physical education and social norms of femininity
  2. Contemporary youth culture and physical education
    • Physical literacy and young people
    • Technology and the impact on physical education curriculum
  3. Race/ethnicity and physical education curriculum
    • Diversity in physical education curriculum
    • Culturally responsive physical education curriculum
  4. Competition & cooperation in physical education
    • The role of competition and cooperation in schools
  5. The role, aims, and purposes of physical education
    • Curricular mandates and interests 
  6. Physical education curriculum and the body
    • The social construction of bodies
    • Physical education and regimes of the body
  7. Sexuality and physical education curriculum
    • Heteronormativity and homophobia
  8. Same-sex and co-ed physical education
  9. The role of dance in physical education
  10. Assessment in physical education curriculum
    • Assessing performance, participation, and improvement
    • Assessment as a teaching and curricular tool
    • Assessment strategies and techniques
  11. Ability and physical education curriculum
    • The social construction of dis/ability
    • Inclusive physical education
  12. Teaching in rural and isolated settings
    • Constraints impacting equipment, professional development, support

Module 4. Educational Research

  1. Research, reflection, and curricular planning
    • Qualitative research methods: Observation, interview, and document analysis
    • Reflecting on research and practice
    • Analysis and synthesis
      • Integrating research from multiple sources
    • Physical education planning based on curricular research

Module 5. Communication

  1. Dialogue, debate, & facilitation
    • Clarity of expression in oral and written form
    • Active listening in small and large group settings (curricular dialogue)
    • Facilitation of deep and critical dialogue
    • Critical inquiry of the macro & micro dynamics influencing curriculum and its teaching
    • Disagreement and debate
    • Advocacy for physical education and coaching that

Module 6. Advocacy

  1. “What”, “why” and “how” of physical education / coaching advocacy
  • What type of physical education and coaching curriculum is being advocated
  • Whose interests are served/and not served?
  • The role of advocacy
  • Who can be advocates (teachers/coaches/students)
Methods Of Instruction
  1. Lecture
  2. Tutorials
  3. Small and large group discussion
  4. Case approach
  5. Debates


Means of Assessment

The selection of evaluation tools for this course is based upon adherence to Douglas College evaluation policy regarding number and weighing of evaluations, for example a course of three credits or more should have at least three separate evaluations. 

The following is presented as an example assessment format for this course:

Critical reflection journal 30%
Curricular issues seminar leader 25%
Curriculum inquiry research project  25%
Preparation 10%
Contribution 10%
Total 100%
Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast multiple curriculum models with the aim of highlighting their key strengths and weaknesses.
  2. Critically discuss the BC K-7 and BC 8-12 formal Physical Education Curriculums as represented in the Integrated Resource Packages and in relation to social, political, and economic contexts.
  3. Articulate the relationship between physical educational philosophy, formal and lived curriculum as expressed in BC and individual teaching/coaching practice. 
  4. Demonstrate the ability to critically reflect on and discuss the role social, economic, and cultural dynamics play in curricular expression at the provincial, school board, school, and classroom level.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of macro and micro dynamics on extra, co-curricular, and informal learning spaces such as, intramurals and interscholastic activities.
  6. Demonstrate skills of summary, synthesis and integration using various written and oral means. 
  7. Engage in, contribute to, and facilitate, deep analysis of research regarding PE curriculum to explore issues that may impact it or contribute to inequities, marginalization, or social injustice). 
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of promoting inclusive physical education that responds to the interests and needs of all students and athletes.
  9. Use qualitative research methods to explore and critically examine a variety of curricular topics.
Textbook Materials

Potential resources include:

No Charge to students

  • Research-based journal articles available through the Douglas College Library (online or in print)
  • Provincial curricular documents (Integrated Resource packages) available as public access through the BC Ministry of Education website

Students Purchase 

  • Course reading pack with book chapters available at the Douglas College Bookstore 



60 credits, including SPSC 2205 and SPSC 2210 and ENGL 1130 and (SPSC 3158 or SPSC 3399)


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Requisite for

This course is not required for any other course.

Course Guidelines

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Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) No credit 2007/09/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU EDUC 459 (3) 2007/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU PHED 2XXX (3) 2010/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU PHED 2XX (3) 2007/09/01 to 2010/08/31
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU HKIN 360 (3) 2007/09/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) DOUG SPSC 4199 (3) & DOUG SPSC 4291 (3) = UFV KIN 221 (3) & UFV KIN 2XX (3) 2007/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC EPHE 2XX (1.5) 2007/09/01 to -

Course Offerings

Summer 2021

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.