Chapter 2: Reversing policy neglect in U.S. Physical education: A policy-focused primer

Hans van der Mars, Murray Mitchell, Hal A. Lawson, Phillip Ward

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Notwithstanding the contributions of a few policy experts, overall physical education is constrained by policy illiteracy and neglect. A brief historical perspective on physical education policy provides a foundation for “a policy primer” founded on three recurring needs: (a) antecedent and corequisite factors meriting attention in support of policy improvement, (b) field-wide capacity-building in support of policy advocacy and improvement, and (c) specialized policy courses and seminars in physical education teacher education and doctoral physical education teacher education programs. Recommendations for policy-focused research and development structure a new agenda that merits attention and action.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-362
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Teaching in Physical Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2021


  • Policy actors
  • Policy development
  • Proactive advocacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Education


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