Modeling and Analyzing Sports Networks Revealed through K-12 Physical Education Systems: Case Studies of Korea, Japan, and the USA

Yong-wook Kim, Jinyoung Han

Abstract

This paper investigates the The K-12 Physical Education Systems for Korea, Japan, and the USA. To identify the relations among sports that are covered in the school curriculums, we introduce the notion of sports network where a vertex indicates a sports and an edge represents the relations between two sports. The analysis results on the three sports networks are summarized as follows. The results are as follows. We find that basic movement sports such as gymnastics and fitness are important across the three countries. Also, Korea and the USA are found to focus more on a variety of sports than just covering basic sports. On the other hand, Japan tends to focus on basic sports. Additional study is required to closely analyze the curriculum of primary and secondary schools, which can guide how to balance the different experiences of various sports and training in basic sports.

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