Human kinetics and health education methods and materials used in secondary schools of Katsina State
This study evaluated the methods and materials used in teaching Human Kinetics and Health Education in some randomly selected secondary schools in Katsina State, Nigeria. A self-designed, pretested and validated questionnaire was used. The respondents consisted of 34 Human Kinetics and Health Education teachers and 4 coaches/instructors (n=38). The findings revealed that lectures, explanations, discussions, and questions and answers, were the common methods used by teachers, while the common materials used, included chalkboard, books, magazines, pictures, charts and posters. Challenges were identified and these included the low level of education on the part teachers; the non-availability of the materials on demand; lack of funds; lack of adequate personnel -coaches and sport instructors; lack of in-service training for the teachers and obvious lack encouragement to improvise materials for the teaching of Human Kinetics and Health Education in their schools. For better productivity therefore, it is recommended that a well-designed curriculum be implemented that would maximize physical activity during lessons and keep the students moderately-to-vigorously engaged, while also providing the enabling conditions for the training and retraining of the teachers.
Key words: Human Kinetics, Health Education, teaching, methods, materials