Dynamic Physical Education for Secondary School Students

Paul W. Darst / Robert P. Pangrazi / Mary Jo Sariscsany / Timothy Brusseau  
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July 2013
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Dynamic Physical Education for Secondary School Students,Seventh Edition provides secondary school physical education pre-service teachers everything they need to create exciting and engaging PE programs. Using accessible, everyday language, authors Paul Darst, Robert Pangrazi, Mary Jo Sariscsany, and Timothy Brusseau cover foundational teaching elements as well as current issues in physical education. Updated to reflect important issues facing today’s PE teachers, this new edition includes topics such as the effects of overweight on youth, teaching students with different ability ranges, and teaching culturally diverse students. Updated research, recommended readings, and a variety of study tools make this book a comprehensive resource for all teachers of physical education. When tied to the accompanying Lesson Plans book,  the text becomes a comprehensive curriculum guide for pre-service and in-service teachers for grades 7-12. Enhancing the curriculum and instruction in secondary physical education, the text includes a wealth of both practical and theoretical resources and many motivating ideas, strategies, and tools.


With the addition of two new coauthors, Tim Brusseau and Mary Jo Sariscany, the new four member author team brings both highly experienced and fresh perspectives to the revision. Included in this edition are new Teaching Tips and Safety Hint features, and content on the expanding role of PE teachers outside the gym.


  • New Chapter Opening Checklists highlight key National Standards for physical education and the essential Components of a Quality Program, identified chapter-by-chapter.
  • Chapter Summaries open every chapter and provide an overview of key content points, giving students a clear idea of the scope of information in each chapter.
  • Student Outcomes, new in every chapter, alert users to what they will learn in each chapter and guide their study toward key concepts.
  • References and Suggested Readings are found at the end of each chapter for further exploration.
  • Updated and comprehensive research and references are cited throughout the text.
  • Study Stimulators Review Questions at the end of each chapter prompt readers to review key points and reflect critically on the chapter concepts.
  • Website lists at the end of each chapter provide students with valuable resources and links.  
  • New content on fitness activities found in health club settings, such as Body Bars and Yoga, is now included, along with additional stability ball and medicine ball fitness routines.
  • Using technology in the activity space is encouraged through the promotion of physical education devices, such as pedometers, and new methods of teaching students with disabilities via technology are now included.

New to this Edition

  • New Teaching Tips are brief, focused features that expand on the narrative and provide helpful pedagogical pointers for developing teachers.
  • New Safety Hints are concise suggestions identifying actions or activities that may require special attention from teacher or student participants.
  • Content on the expanding role of PE teachers outside of the school or gym (e.g., how to act as Activity Coordinators for the entire school, how to advocate for PE within the school system) is now included.
  • The“PE Methods” Lesson Plan” card has been adapted and included in this text for the secondary school market.
  • Selected photos have been reshot or updated to maintain a contemporary look and reflect current best practices.
  • All content has been updated to reflect current trends, pedagogy, guidelines, and best practices within the field.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Justifying a Physical Education Program

   1. Physical Education in the Secondary School

   2. The Impact of Physical Activity on Adolescents

Section 2: Designing a Physical Education Program

   3. Steps in Developing a Curriculum

   4. Curriculum Approaches 

Section 3: Teaching a Physical Education Program

   5. Planning for Effective Instruction

   6. Improving Instructional Effectiveness

   7. Management and Discipline

   8. Improving Instruction Systematically

   9. Teaching Styles  

   10. Assessment, Evaluation, and Grading

Section 4: Developing a Total Program

   11. Students with Disabilities    

   12. Safety and Liability

   13. Activity Outside of the Physical Education Classroom: Intramurals, Sport Clubs, School Programs, and Athletics  

Section 5: Implementing Instructional Activities

   14. Introductory Activities

   15. Physical Fitness

   16. Promoting and Monitoring Lifestyle Physical Activity

   17. Healthy Lifestyles: Activities for Instruction

   18. Promoting Motivation, Cooperation and Inclusion: Nontraditional Ideas for Instruction

   19. Sports