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



Paul Darst received a Ph.D from the Ohio State University in the field of Physical Education. He is a professor and Department Chair at Arizona State University at the Polytechnic Campus in the area of Physical Education-Teacher Preparation. His research and teaching focuses on secondary school physical education curriculum, methods of teaching in the secondary schools, and activity habits of middle and high school students. Darst has been active professionally at the state, district and national levels of AAHPERD and has received numerous honors and invitations to speak at the various levels.

Darstis the co-author with Robert Pangrazi on the popular book, Dynamic Physical Education for Secondary School Students, now in its sixth edition (Benjamin Cummings, 2009). He has also authored Outdoor Adventure Activities for School and Recreation Programs (Waveland Press), Analyzing Physical Education and Sport Instruction (Human Kinetics), and Cycling (Scott, Foresman and Company, Sport for Life Series). He has authored many articles and made numerous presentations to teachers about new ideas on teaching and working with students in the schools.

Robert Pangrazi is professor emeritus at Arizona State University and an Educational Consultant for Gopher Sport and The U.S. Tennis Association. Dr. Pangrazi’s physical education textbooks have sold more than 750,000 copies. Pangrazi has published over 50 textbooks and 100 research and professional articles. He has been a keynote speaker for 39 state and district conventions and an invited speaker at nearly 400 national and international conferences. He regularly conducts training sessions for schools and universities and is regarded as a motivational speaker. His approach to elementary school physical education has been used worldwide by the Department of Defense Dependents Schools, nationally by the Edison Project, and is used in hundreds of public, private and charter schools across the U.S.

Pangrazi has received numerous awards including the Distinguished Service Award from the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, the National Distinguished Service Award presented by the AAHPERD Council on Physical Education for Children, and the Curriculum and Instruction Emeritus Honor Award from the NASPE Curriculum and Instruction Academy He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education and an AAHPERD Honor Fellow.

Mary Jo Sariscsany is an associate professor of Physical Education Teacher Education in the Department of Kinesiology at California State University, Northridge. She taught physical education and coached for 10 years prior to entering higher education. During her career she has held a variety of leadership positions in physical education and currently serves on the NASPE Board of Directors. She has published works in physical education teacher education, and her research and instructional interests include teacher effectiveness, health related fitness, technology and assessment, and professional development. She has been recognized for national, university and community service.

Tim Brusseau is an assistant professor of physical education at the College at Brockport, State University of New York in the department of Kinesiology, Sport Studies, & Physical Education. His teaching focuses on secondary physical education curriculum and methodology, as well as coaching and diversity. His research interests include children and youth physical activity and programming to increase physical activity. Brusseau received a Ph.D. from Arizona State University in Physical Education Pedagogy. He is actively involved in AAHPER