Cultivating character through physical education using memetic, progressive and transformative practices in schools


This paper articulates how the teaching of movement, physical activity and sport, through formal education and schooling, and the medium of physical education, affords opportunities for twenty-first-century character education. We begin by outlining our theoretical framework for character education and identify how character-traits developed through teaching morally and morality, can be pigeonholed into one of four categories, including performance, moral, civic and intellectual virtues. We then scaffold five models-based approaches to teaching physical education through memetic, progressive and transformative pedagogy based on their scope for educating the moral person. In doing so, we illuminate how model-based theories play a pivotal role when educating for character and illustrate the importance of physical education as a developmental platform for character, practical wisdom and human flourishing.

Publication Title

Journal of Moral Education