Philosophical considerations in relation to developing a sense of self, universality and propositional knowledge.
Margaret Whitehead PhD
University of Bedfordshire England
This paper opens with a presentation of the philosophical underpinning and rationale of the concept of physical literacy. This is followed by a presentation of the concept of physical literacy. Three sections then consider aspects of the concept in a little more detail. The first investigates the relationship of the physical literacy to the development of a sense of self and to establishing interaction with others. Here the philosophical approach is informed by writings on cognitive development and recent neurological insights. The second considers the universality of the concept and looks briefly at the views of existentialists and of contemporary sociologists. The third section addresses the place of propositional knowledge in being physically literate. The implications of objectifying the body in descriptive language are weighed against the fact that verbally expressed understanding and knowledge are an integral part of western culture. The debate presented is one of a series that has, over the last five years, mapped the authorís work on developing the concept of physical literacy. The aspects chosen to be discussed here are three that have generated considerable interest and debate. In conclusion there is a short reflection on the implications of the views discussed to education and physical education.
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