Art Meets Sport: What Can Actor Training Bring to Physical Literacy Programs?

Lisa Barnett, Rea Dennis, Kate Hunter, John Cairney, Richard Keegan, Inimfon A. Essiet, Dean A. Dudley

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    The aim of this communication is to highlight synergies and opportunities between the fields of education, sport and health and the performing arts for the promotion of physical literacy. First, physical literacy is introduced and then defined according to the definition used in this communication. Secondly, we highlight the gap in physical literacy interventions, in that they do not address learning based on a holistic comprehensive definition of physical literacy. Then we provide examples of interventions that do borrow from the arts, such as circus arts, and show how these approaches explicitly link to the discipline of arts. This is followed by program examples, which approach motor and language development from discipline-specific perspectives. Then we introduce actor training (within the discipline of arts) in terms of how this approach may be useful to our understanding of physical literacy and how to expand the conception of physical literacy to include affective meaning making, and tolerance for ambiguity and discomfort in not-knowing. Finally, we conclude with the next step for the bridging of disciplines in order to further our journey to understand and improve physical literacy.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number4497
    Pages (from-to)1-12
    Number of pages12
    JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2020


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