The role of active lifestyle in health and national development is universally recognised. Physical inactivity is implicated in hypokinetic conditions such as obesity as well as cardiovascular diseases. Physical activity through sports has also become a major development issue not only in wealth creation but also in peaceful coexistence. The extent to which the full benefits of active living through physical activity are achieved depends on the creation of appropriate knowledge to serve as a basis for developing strategies and systems to engage people in appropriate physical activities. This requires a corps of personnel with high level expertise in knowledge creation and management. The development of such high level personnel is the purpose of this proposed doctorate programme in Physical Education, the first of its kind in Ghana.
Since its inception in 1986, the Department of HPER has turned out several cohorts of bachelor’s degree holders in Physical Education. A master of philosophy in Physical Education was started in 1993 and several graduates have been turned out who currently serve in various capacities in and outside the country. The M.Phil programme was reviewed in 2005, providing opportunity for concentration in four emphasis areas.
Meanwhile, the greatest challenge of the Department has been the difficulty in attracting teaching staff. The current policy to set the minimum requirement for teaching positions in the university to doctorate degree, though long overdue, has come to compound the staffing problem as there is no department or institution in Ghana running doctorate degrees relevant to our staffing needs.
GOAL AND OBJECTIVES
To produce academicians and technocrats in Physical Education and Sports to assume teaching, research and management positions in academic institutions and other organisations.
The objectives are to:
- Apply knowledge on the role of physical activity in health and development.
- Conduct research in Physical Education, sports science and sports management.
- Design, implement, and evaluate sports programmes in school and community settings.
- Manage sports at local, national and international level.
- Plan, supervise and evaluate physical activity based learning activities.
- Translate theory and research knowledge in exercise and sports science into enhanced health and sports performance.
The PhD is a 3-year programme with three main components: coursework (21 credits), seminars and thesis. The programme has four areas of specialisation, which are
- Exercise Science;
- Sports Psychology;
- Sports Management; and
- Curriculum and Teaching.