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Daniel Kelleher Elementary Education March 2, 2011 Critical Thinking in Physical Education What is critical thinking and how can be applied in physical education? Author Ken Lodewyk’s article “Fostering critical thinking in physical education students” defines and emphasizes the importance of critical thinking and its uses in a physical education lesson plan (Lodewyk p 12). Lodewyk’s describes critical thinking as essentially "better thinking" and in the contest of a physical education course is defined as "reflective thinking that is used to make reasonable and defensible decisions about movement tasks and challenges (Lodewyk p 12)." Therefore when students think critically they consider complex information from numerous sources and perspectives in order to make a reasonable judgment that they can explain and defend (Lodewyk p 12). Such thinking is represented internally through mental activities and externally in the form of actions and decision-making.
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