Authentic Learning Through PEAK Conditions in Secondary Physical Education

Jordan Manley, Ken Murfay, Heather E. Erwin, Aaron Beighle

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Authentic learning in physical education (PE) is one of many tools to promote lifelong movement through meaningful experiences. Self-Determination Theory is tied to authentic learning through student connection in PE and authentic learning. Teachers can become facilitators of authentic learning experiences through embracing a shift in power dynamics in the classroom by inviting students to make decisions about what and how they learn in PE. To assist teachers in implementing an authentic learning experience, this article will focus on four components of an authentic learning experience: the authentic problem to solve (purpose), the outcomes/assessment of the project (essentials), the students’/teachers’ role in solving the problem (agency), and the presentation of the findings (knowledge). The purpose of this article is to share relevant details on authentic learning and collaboration in PE with the intent of providing strategies for teachers to facilitate meaningful learning with their students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-32
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2022

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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