Guidelines for the Selection of Physical Literacy Measures in Physical Education in Australia

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Summary of a paper Will Roberts has written alongside internationally recognised authors in Physical Literacy

The assessment of physical literacy poses a dilemma of what instrument to use to best suit those administering the test and using the data gathered.

There is currently no guide regarding the suitability of common assessment approaches. The purpose of this communication was to provide a user’s guide for selecting physical literacy assessment instruments appropriate for use in school physical education and sport settings.

Although based in Australia this may be of use to practitioners in other countries who wish to develop physical literacy within young people.  While recommendations regarding specific instruments are not provided, the guide offers information about key attributes and considerations for the use. A decision flow chart has been developed to assist teachers and affiliated school practitioners to select appropriate methods of assessing physical literacy. School PE and sport scenarios are presented in the full paper to illustrate the process. It is important that practitioners are empowered to select the most appropriate instrument/s to suit their needs as this allows them to support young people on their physical literacy journey.  It is clear that there is not an ‘ideal’ approach to measurement, but rather that instructors are empowered to make informed decisions regarding how to assess physical literacy, and how this assessment might fit into the broader conceptualization of the concept.

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