The Creation and Evolution of Student Skills in Physical Education: A Case Study Conducted during a Climbing Exercise

By Nicolas Terré, Carole Sève, Jacques Saury

This study aimed at analyzing the development of skills by two students during a physical education (PE) exercise. With reference to the Cours d’Action research program, skills were noted and tracked while reconstructing students’ experience step by step. The analysis showed that the skills used by students were based on commitment to “stories” that were meaningful to them. These results offer new prospects for analysis and creation of learning tools in PE and in all school courses.


  • learning
  • knowledge acquisition
  • skills
  • physical education
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