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September 27, 1958

Methods in Physical Education: An Illustrated Textbook for Students Preparing to Teach Boys and Girls in Secondary Schools

JAMA. 1958;168(4):471. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.03000040107024

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This is the third edition of a textbook for prospective teachers in secondary schools. Its methods and approach are much improved over those of the previous editions. Noteworthy is the greater degree of personalization for the student, with stress on self-direction, self-management, and self-responsibility. Early in the book the authors set their broad goals in terms of frequently quoted requirements for teachers: physical stamina, emotional stability, academic competence, social adaptability, civic capability, communication facility, intellectual versatility, and educative proficiency. On this broad base they build a philosophy of methods and demonstrate how these criteria can be applied to the specific field of physical education. The volume is calculated to broaden the outlook of the prospective teacher through a process of continuing self-appraisal and planning for improvement; yet, with all of its stress on "you, the teacher," and its emphasis on teaching methods and procedures, it does not lose sight of

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