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This conference paper was originally published as:

Miller, W. (1997). Team sports in Adventist education: Another look. In H. Rasi (Ed.), Christ in the classroom. Paper presented at the International Faith and Learning Seminar, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda (pp.189-203). Silver Spring, MD: Institute for Christian Teaching.


In Australia sports and games are as much a part of the fabric of Adventist education an Nutmeat pies and Bible lessons. Within K –10 physical education and related school sport programs, a significant amount of time is allocated to these activities. On enquiry we could expect to be told that the reason for the inclusion of sports and games in the school curriculum is due to the many benefits, which can be derived through participation. Mention would possibly be made of the potential for the development of values such as fair play, respect for officials, respect for opponents, and to appreciate the rewards, which can be derived from evenly, contested, well-played games. Some may mention that the attainment of competent sports skills by the end of compulsory schooling is an important consideration as these may become the vehicle for life-long participation in leisure activities, which have health benefits. A justification, which may not receive as much attention, is the potential sports and games have to contribute to the development and affirmation of Christian faith and values.


Used by permission: Institute for Christian Teaching

Staff and Students of Avondale College may access the full text of this paper from the Avondale College Library (268 R18 Vol.19)

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