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Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility Through Physical Activity-3rd Edition

Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility Through Physical Activity-3rd Edition


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    Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility Through Physical Activity, now entering its third edition, attests to author Don Hellison’s ability to shape and develop character and responsibility in children. Perhaps the success of Hellison’s book can be attributed to his status not only as a highly respected scholar-activist but as a teacher in the trenches working with inner-city kids.

    Kids in any situation will benefit from the thoroughly updated material in this edition, which presents practical, proven, easy-to-implement ideas for teaching personal and social responsibility (TPSR) in school, after school, and in alternative settings. It also supplies direction in teaching affective and social moral goals, an in-depth look into teaching character development and values, and a method for helping students develop personal and social responsibility.

    Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility Through Physical Activity offers much new material:
    • Strategies for alternative schools, afterschool programs, and the emerging youth development movement
    • Vignettes sprinkled throughout the chapters, written by TPSR instructors in various settings
    • Several chapters that have been completely overhauled
    • An expanded assessment chapter to help readers evaluate the impact of TPSR on their kids and apply the strategies
    • One new chapter on combining responsibility-based youth development with teacher preparation in physical education
    In addition, the book features “Kid Quotes” to help readers understand how kids respond to the TPSR approach, as well as forms and charts to help readers put the ideas and strategies to use.

    The result is a field-tested book that is the accepted curricular model in the field—and a resource that will enable teachers to help their students grow into solid citizens both personally and socially.


    Supplemental text for college PE methods or curriculum courses; primary text for class management, behavior management, and teaching responsibility courses. Resource for K-12 PE teachers, classroom teachers, youth workers, administrators, and coaches who inspire to build character.

    Table of Contents

    Preface to the Third Edition

    Part I: Ideas

    Chapter 1. What’s Worth Doing?
    What’s Worth Doing in Our Professional Lives?
    Birth of Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility
    Toward a Working Theory-in-Practice
    After-School, Youth Development, and Alternative School Programs
    Influence of Related Social and Educational Issues
    There Are No Silver Bullets

    Chapter 2. A Framework for Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility
    Core Values
    Levels of Responsibility
    Program Leader Responsibilities
    Daily Program Format
    Other Aspects of the TPSR Framework

    Chapter 3. Levels of Responsibility
    Progression of Levels
    Cumulative Levels
    Five Levels
    Level Modifications
    Levels and Empowerment

    Part II: Strategies

    Chapter 4. Daily Program Format
    Program Leader Responsibilities and the Daily Format
    Relational Time
    Awareness Talk
    Physical Activity Plan
    Group Meeting
    Reflection Time

    Chapter 5. Embedding Responsibility in the Physical Activity Content
    Physical Activity Content
    Strategy Progression
    Level I Strategies
    Level II Strategies
    Level III Strategies
    Level IV Strategies
    Level V Strategies

    Chapter 6. Strategies for Specific Problems and Situations
    Fattening Our Bag of Tricks
    Level I: Individual Discipline Problems
    Level I: Conflict Resolution Strategies
    Level II: Teaching by Invitation
    Level III: Struggles With Empowerment
    Level IV: Helping and Leadership Problems
    Level V: Specific Problems Outside the Gym

    Chapter 7. Being Relational With Kids
    Four Relational Qualities
    Having the Courage to Confront
    Relational Qualities and Relational Time
    Program Leader Qualities and Skills
    Teaching Students With Different Cultural Backgrounds

    Part III: Implementation

    Chapter 8. TPSR in Physical Education Teacher Education: One Teacher’s Explorations
    Teaching TPSR in Physical Education Teacher Education
    Site-Based Practicum or Internship
    Conference Workshop or Short Course
    One-Week Intensive Elective
    Semester-Long Elective
    Within a Required Activity Course
    Within a Required On-Site Undergraduate Methods Course
    Required Methods Course in an After-School Program
    Framework for a Teacher Education Program
    Summary Thoughts

    Chapter 9. Coaching Clubs and Other TPSR Structures
    Coaching Clubs
    Cross-Age Teaching and Leadership
    TPSR in Organized Sport
    Responsibility-Based Fitness Centers
    TPSR on the Playground and at Recess
    TPSR in the Classroom
    Schoolwide Adoptions of TPSR

    Chapter 10. Getting Started
    First Steps
    Advanced Steps
    Teaching as a Subversive Activity

    Chapter 11. Assessment and Evaluation Strategies
    Student Assessment
    Teacher Evaluation
    Program Evaluation

    Appendix: Forms
    About the Author

    About the Author

    Don Hellison, PhD, was a professor in the college of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago and codirector of the Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility (TPSR) Alliance. He worked extensively with high-risk youth, was a distinguished research fellow at Adelphi University, and was a visiting professor at numerous universities in the United States and in Canada.

    Much of Hellison’s work focused on the development, implementation, and evaluation of alternative physical activity program models that teach life skills and values, especially for underserved youth.

    He published numerous books, articles, and book chapters. Hellison received many awards, including the Gulick Medal (AAHPERD’s highest honor) and the International Olympic Committee’s President’s Prize. He received grant support for 25 projects, served on three editorial boards, and was editor of Quest for two years. He gave keynote addresses, made presentations at professional meetings, and conducted workshops for teachers and youth workers in most of the 50 states, several Canadian provinces, and Israel, Korea, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, England, and Spain. He also served on numerous committees for several professional associations.

    Don Hellison passed away in 2018.