Research in Dance and Physical Education
[ Article ]
Research in Dance and Physical Education - Vol. 5, No. 1, pp.21-31
ISSN: 2586-1034 (Online)
Print publication date 30 Apr 2021
Received 28 Feb 2021 Revised 05 Apr 2021 Accepted 06 Apr 2021
DOI: https://doi.org/10.26584/RDPE.2021.04.5.1.21

Rethinking Comprehensive Physical Education for Young Learners with COVID-19

Chanmin Park*
Inha University, Republic of Korea, Professor

Correspondence to: *Email address: cm_park@inha.ac.kr

Abstract

COVID-19 pandemic is causing drastic changes in the exiting educational environment. Korean government guidelines on the physical distance between people, banning indoor physical activities, and restricting even outdoor physical education in educational institutions promote physical inactivity among young learners. General subjects in schools have been replaced by virtual education, but physical education still exposes the following challenges: First of all, physical education teachers and students often experience a lack of systematic platforms in virtual physical education. It is difficult to change the contents of physical education for virtual learning even if they change the contents, the environment imposed on young students varies too much by an individual to carry out and learn the contents correctly. Secondly, physical education teachers are not familiar with legal issues of various educational content needed for virtual learning, and there is a great fear of legal punishment regarding infringement of copyright and intellectual property of educational contents. Lastly, for young students, effective communication with teachers is becoming more difficult compared to the traditional face-to-face physical education setting. The paradigm shift, which boldly breaks away from existing learning objectives and provides sufficient infrastructure to prevent learners from receiving inequality in physical education, and maintains healthy physical strength through easy content, will be the way to overcome the changing educational environment due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Keywords:

COVID-19, Physical Education, Physical Inactivity, Virtual Learning

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