Comparative study on the state and the status of primary physical education in Macedonia, Slovenia and Bulgaria

Klincarov, Ilija and Popeska, Biljana and Kovac, Marijeta and Starc, Gregor and Mileva, Eleonora (2017) Comparative study on the state and the status of primary physical education in Macedonia, Slovenia and Bulgaria. In: 12th FIEP European Congress Changes in Childhood and Adolescence: Current Challenges for Physical Education, 13-16 Sept 2017, Luxemburg, University of Luxemburg. (Submitted)

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Well-structured and organized physical education process at schools leaded by qualified and motivated physical education teachers are the best possibility to influence on the positive development of the children physical status and overall development. Different approaches in designing national educational strategies and PE curricula, based on educational background and national interests leads to different quality of PE within the countries. In this regard, the presented paper is a comparative study between three countries – Macedonia, Slovenia and Bulgaria. Its aim is to determine and compare the state and status of physical education in each country in order to highlight the positive experiences from applied national strategies that could be successfully implemented in other countries where needed. We used document analyses and comparative analyses as method of research. The analyses was focused on following aspects: status of PE in educational system, teachers education for primary physical education, professional qualification of teachers for PE, possibilities for professional development, facilities for realization of PE teaching process, PE in relation with school and local community context. Based on the analyses, physical education is obligatory school subject in all three studied countries and specialized PE teachers are included in realization of PE teaching process in secondary level of primary education. Different approaches between countries are noted in realization of PE in primary level. The insufficient preparation of classroom teachers for PE, inappropriate construction in national curricula in some of the countries as well as the lack of technical and material bases for realization of PE curriculum in some regions, were noted as critical aspects that should be improved. Recommendations for future actions are pointed toward redesign of national legislatives, strategies for PE and national PE curriculum in some of analyzed countries, professional qualifications of teachers and system of continuous professional development of all teachers providing PE in primary schools.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Social Sciences > Educational sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Educational Science
Depositing User: Biljana Popeska
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2018 09:42
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2018 09:42

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