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Assessment of Effort and Participation in Physical Education

Timothy Baghurst


Within education, determining whether a student is progressing appropriately occurs through assessment. However, opinions regarding how physical education students should be assessed vary greatly. As a consequence, some physical education professionals encourage skills-driven measures of competency, and others believe that attributes such as attitude, effort, and participation are equally or even more important. Therefore, the purpose of this article was to provide an overview of the current literature surrounding effort and participation as a component of grading in physical education. In addition, discourse on the impact that varying methods for assessment have on the physical education profession is provided, followed by a best practice method for including effort and participation in assessment. 


assessment; physical education; effort; participation; grading

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