Shirl J. Hoffman ; Duane V. Knudson
The Fifth Edition of the Introduction to Kinesiology: The Study of Physical Activity Students are provided with a comprehensive review of the area of kinesiology, as well as an investigation into the common career routes, questions, and concepts that are a part of this dynamic and increasing academic field. This information is provided to students via the Web Study Guide. This fascinating, full-color introductory text not only piques students’ interest in the expansive field of kinesiology but also lays a solid groundwork on which they can build as they continue their education and raises students’ awareness of the historical and contemporary problems that professionals in the field of kinesiology work to understand and resolve. The editors, Shirl J. Hoffman and Duane V. Knudson, have kept the book’s robust structure while using comments from teachers to simplify and condense the material as well as incorporate new and current information.
The fifth version includes a fully redesigned web study guide that encourages students to apply classroom information to real-world tasks and helps them better prepare for examinations. Reading assignments and activities that can be graded are incorporated into the web study guide. This allows teachers to more effectively monitor student progress, assess whether or not students understand important concepts, and modify the pace of classroom discussions and activities.
The following are examples of additional revisions included in this brand-new fifth edition:
• Modifications to the graphical representations of the data, the study, and any newly discovered information
• A greater emphasis placed on public health, allied health, nutrition, and wellness in order to reflect the changes that are occurring in this ever-evolving and expanding field
• New Professional Topics in Kinesiology sidebars that examine issues pertaining to equality, evidence-based practice, expertise, and overload in the context of the field of kinesiology
• The Latest in Kinesiology Colleagues sidebars that present models of successful professionals whose careers are related to kinesiology and its subfields
The material is organized into three sections, which is a strength of this premier introductory textbook that has existed since the book was first published. In the first part of this book, we take a look at the various aspects of kinesiology and physical activity, and we review the significance of the knowledge that may be obtained by participation in physical activities. In Part II, we delve into the seven major subdisciplines that fall under the umbrella of kinesiology. For each of these subdisciplines, we provide an overview of significant historical events, research methodologies, professional work and applications, as well as ideas for how to advance in one’s career. In the third and last section, professionalism is broken down further, and then five primary career paths are investigated.
An instructor guide, a test package, chapter quizzes, a presentation package, and an image bank that includes the majority of the text’s artwork and tables are included in the substantial teacher ancillaries that have been updated and revamped.
Students who are just beginning their study of kinesiology will find the knowledge presented in Introduction to Kinesiology to be fundamental and necessary, and the fifth edition, which has been updated, will better prepare them for the coursework and research that will follow.