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The First Publication of Teaching Physical Education - 1966

The First Publication of Teaching Physical Education

Charles E Merrill Publishing Company released the first edition of the Spectrum theory, Teaching Physical Education, in 1966.

Muska was very upset by the title the publisher assigned to his book. He wanted the Spectrum theory to be independent of any particular field of study. The publisher objected to Muska's notion that a teaching theory could apply to all fields and all grade levels, and they refused to comply with his request. Additionally, at this time, books were field dependent for marketing purposes. The publishers also rejected Muska's position that his work was appropriate for all subject matter fields; for all grade levels; for all student performance levels; and for diverse learning issues. Such a cross-field publication was outside the standard procedures and thinking at that time.

During Sara's first workshop on the Spectrum in St. Augustine College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1969, she asked Muska, "Why you?" Why did you discover the Spectrum?" His immediate reply was, "I asked different kinds of questions."