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Haslam, I. R. (1999). Physical education curriculum systems and the use of technology in Singapore schools. In M. Waas (Ed.), Enhancing learning: Challenge of integrating thinking and information technology into the curriculum: Proceedings of the 12th Annual Conference of the Educational Research Association ( pp. 519-527). Singapore: Plaza Parkroyal Hotel.
A review of computer applications in physical education in schools around the
world reveals an adhoc collection of software and CD-ROM being used in various ways and
with different outcomes in mind. Most of it not produced for school age students and the
majority of it not readily available in Singapore. What compounds the problem is the actual or
perceived pressure on teachers to integrate IT in all subjects in the school. Hence it is done
possibly for the sake of doing it rather than have it contribute to previously determined
curriculum goals or instructional outcomes. The ‘higher ground’ would suggest that PE
departments should revisit the purposes of physical education in schools with a view to
understanding if any aspects of the curriculum can be enhanced through the use of IT.
Theoretically, the result would mean a paradigm shift in our approach to the curriculum and
what it could achieve with the help of an IT integrated facility. The Physical Education
Information System (PEIS) is a comprehensive PE department management information
system that among other things facilitates teacher decision making and should enhance
mainstream physical education curriculum services. Central to the curriculum aspect of
Singapore’s PEIS are a series of web based instructional materials used to compliment the PE
lessons in school. The lessons could be undertaken as homework using both instructional
theories of learning as well as constructivist learning assumptions. The hypermedia materials
are then developed in class in small and large group settings.
This paper was published in the 1999 Proceedings of the ERA Annual Conference held at Plaza Parkroyal Hotel, Singapore from 23-25 November 1998
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