European Journal of Anatomy

Official Journal of The Spanish Society of Anatomy
Cover Volume 18 - Number 3
Eur J Anat, 18 (3): 199-204 (2014)

Survey of Canadian human anatomy courses in Kinesiology and Physical Education

Mark R. Lafave and Christy C. Tomkins-Lane

Department of Physical Education and Recreation Studies, Mount Royal University, Calgary, AB, Canada

ABSTRACT Human anatomy is a requirement for program accreditation from the Canadian Council of Physical Education and Kinesiology Administrators (CCUPEKA). Fifteen out of nineteen CCUPEKA accredited programs participated in a pan-Canadian environmental scan to determine if their human anatomy course would be classified as either regional, systemic or some combination of these two methods. Two additional raters from another university and with university anatomy teaching experience blindly rated each CCUPEKA accredited anatomy course based on a course syllabus. An intraclass correlation coefficient was calculated using the three raters to determine the reliability of such a classification system. Eight of fifteen professors classified their own course as a combination of regional and systemic anatomy. Three professors classified their course as regional and four classified their course as systemic. The reliability coefficient (ICC 2,k) was 0.48. Weak reliability is indicative of poor agreement on how each of the classification systems is defined. Future research should focus on agreement of a unified and accepted definition of these classifications. Then, more research can pursue the question of the best method to deliver this very important content to physical education and kinesiology undergraduate students.

Keywords: Undergraduate anatomy, Regional anatomy, Systemic anatomy, Inter-rater reliability, Kinesiology, Curriculum

European Journal of anatomy
ISSN 2340-311X (Online)