Adequacy of Movement Education as a Programme for Physical Education in Some Primary Schools in the City of Lagos.
Adequacy of Movement Education as a programme for Physical education in some Primary Schools in the City of Lagos sought to investigate the extent to which movement education can adequately lead to the realisation of physical education objectives despite problems of 1. lack of space, 2. insufficient equipment and supplies, and 3. inadequately trained teachers. 114 boys in two groups and 114 girls in two groups aged between 7 and 9 years, all selected by purposeful random methods from three Lagos State Schools, constituted the subjects of the study. One group was taught physical activities by the traditional methods, the other was taught movement education. Physical Fitness Tests and Sports Skills Tests, modified from standardised tests were used as major measurement instruments to determine the performance of the two groups before and after teaching. Statistical procedure used was the t-test. Findings of this study show that subjects in the movement education group generally performed better and scored higher than subjects in the physical activities group in the physical fitness tests when test items were taken singly and not collectively. While subject in the physical activities group generally performed better and scored higher than subjects in the movement education group in the sports skills tests, when test items were taken not only singly, but also collectively. Other findings show that differences exist in the way boys and girls performed on the Physical Fitness and Sports Skills Tests 1. The conclusions are:1. That movement education can be adequate as a programme for physical education in Lagos State Primary Schools and 2. That the present available syllabus, facilities, space, equipment and teaching staff can adequately allow for the implementation of movement education programme in Lagos State Primary Schools. These conclusions are recommended for implementation and suggestion is made for further studies.