Course Details

Course Information Package

Course Unit CodeESPLE732
Course Unit DetailsMEd Curriculum Development and Instruction (Specialization Electives) - MA Educational Sciences: Dynamic Learning Environments (Specialization Electives) -
Number of ECTS credits allocated10
Learning Outcomes of the course unitBy the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  1. Identify and describe the variety of theoretical perspectives pertinent to sport and exercise psychology.
  2. Describe theories explaining healthy and unhealthy behaviours.
  3. Investigate and analyze how physical education contributes to the peoples’ development of personality.
  4. Explain the mechanisms of the positive effects of exercise on mental health.
  5. Analyze issues in the context of health education.
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course Contents

·          Introduction to health education, definitions and aims. Contents of health education and application areas.

·          Exercise and health: Research findings that support the relationship between exercise and health.

·          Factors influence participation in Health, Exercise, Recreation programs

·          Theories that explain health behaviours (Social-cognitive theory, health belief model, planned behaviour theory, life skills approach, stages of change model).

·          The role of self-perceptions in motivation and physical activity behaviour.

·          The role of family and social environment on children's education, integration in areas of physical activity.

·          Managing stress through exercise.

·          Models and approaches, teaching strategies that promote healthy behaviours and the importance of communication of healthy messages.

·          Ways to design, development and application of exercise and health programs.

Recommended and/or required reading:
  • Konstantinos, K. (2009). The social dimension of sport.
  • Theodorakis, J. (2010). Exercise, mental health and quality of life. Thessaloniki, Publications Christodoulides.
  • Alexandris, K., & Carroll, B. (1997). An analysis of leisure constraints based on different recreational sport participation levels: Results from a study in Greece. Leisure Sciences, 19, 1-15.
  • Brow, D., Heath, G., Martin, S. (2010). Promoting Physical Activity. A guide for community action. Human Kinetics.
  • Crawford, D., Jackson, E., & Godbey, G. (1991). A hierarchical model of leisure constraints. Leisure Sciences, 13, 309-320.
  • Papaioannou, A., Theodorakis, J., & Goudas, M. (2003). For a better physical education. Thessaloniki, Publications Christodoulides.
  • Pappas, C. (2002). Introduction to the sociology of physical education and sport. Athens Publications, Typothito- G. Dardanos.
  • Sakellariou, C. & Bekiari, A. (2002). Sport pedagogy. Athens Publications, Leader Books Hatziharistos D. (2003). Modern system of physical education.
  • Theodorakis, J., Goudas, M., & Papaioannou, A. (2001). Psychological superiority in sports. Thessaloniki, Publications Christodoulides.
  • Theodorakis, Y., Papaioannou, A. & Karastogianidou, C. (2004). Relationship between family structure and students’ health-related attitudes and behaviors. Psychological Reports, 95, 851-858.
  • Wentzel, K. & Wigfield, A. (2009). Handbook of Motivation at school. New York, NY: Taylor and Francis.
Planned learning activities and teaching methodsThe teaching of the course consists of lectures for the theoretical background. Also following the principles of collaborative learning in order to provide a better educational and learning experience to students, the content will be offered through class discussions.
Assessment methods and criteria
Final Exam60%
Language of instructionGreek
Work placement(s)NO

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