Exploring University-Based Physical Literacy Programming: Perspectives of Service Providers.


  • Christopher JM Borduas Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Erin Cameron Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Kyoung June Yi Memorial University


Pedagogical, Conceptualization, Implementation


Physical literacy (PL) has become a prominent concept in education and sport, particularly within Canada. While the term PL has been used for two decades, many researchers still operationalize the construct differently.

Objective: The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of those leading university-based PL programs in Canada. The objectives in this study were to gain insights into the: (1) approaches used for delivering PL programs; and (2) strengths/challenges of delivering university-based PL programs.

Methods: Participants who were directly involved in PL programming at the post-secondary level were recruited for semi-structured one-on-one interviews. Data were analyzed using thematic analysis.

Results/Discussion: Two main concepts were discovered: conceptualization and implementation. It became clear that the ideological origins of those developing and leading the programs played a crucial role in how PL is conceptualized. Lack of transparency in the theoretical underpinnings of PL has lead to differences in PL programs.

Author Biographies

Erin Cameron, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Assistant Professor Department of Human Kinetics and Recreation 

Kyoung June Yi, Memorial University

Assistant Professor

Department of Human Kinetics and Recreation 






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