Physical Education: Essential Issues

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    Dedication

    For ‘AJ’ and PE teachers like him everywhere

    Contributors

    Neil Armstrong is Professor of Paediatric Physiology, Director of the Children's Health and Exercise Research Centre and Head of the School of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter.

    Professor Neil Armstrong

    Children's Health and Exercise Research Centre

    School of Sport and Health Sciences

    University of Exeter

    Heavitree Road

    Exeter

    EX1 2LU

    Tel: 01392 264812

    Fax: 01392 264706

    Email: n.armstrong@exeter.ac.uk

    Tansin Benn is Director of Learning and Teaching at the School of Education, University of Birmingham. Tansin trained and taught specialist physical education before moving into higher education to train teachers in 1981. Since then her career has expanded into teaching on PGCE, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at the University of Birmingham, having a particular interest in gymnastics and dance in education. Since the mid-1990s her research interests have focused largely on the experiences of Muslim women both in teacher training and in their teaching careers.

    Dr Tansin Benn

    University of Birmingham

    School of Education

    Weoley Park Road

    Selly Oak

    Birmingham

    B29 6LL

    Tel: 0121 415 8391

    Fax: 0121 414 5619

    Email: t.c.benn@bham.ac.uk

    Susan Capel is Professor and Head of Department of Sport Sciences at Brunel University. She was previously Reader in Education and Director of the Academic Standards Unit at Canterbury Christ Church University College. Prior to that Susan was programme director for a Secondary PGCE course. Before entering higher education she taught physical education and geography in the UK and Hong Kong. Susan has a PhD in physical education from the USA and has published widely in a range of areas. She is a co-editor of Learning to Teach in the Secondary School: A Companion to School Experience and Starting to Teach in the Secondary School: A Companion for the Newly Qualified Teacher. She is also co-editor of Issues in Physical Education. From 2001–2003 Susan was President of the Physical Education Association of the United Kingdom (PEA UK).

    Professor Susan Capel

    Department of Sport Sciences

    Brunel University

    Uxbridge

    Middlesex

    UB8 3PH

    Tel: 01895 816336

    Fax: 01895 816340

    Email: susan.capel@brunel.ac.uk

    John Evans is Professor of Sociology of Education and Physical Education at Loughborough University, England. He teaches and writes on issues of equity, education policy, identity and processes of schooling. He is currently researching the relationships between formal education and eating disorders, with Dr Emma Rich. He has authored and edited a number of books and papers in the sociology of education and physical education and co-authored with Dawn Penney, Politics and Policy in Physical Education (E&FN Spon, 1999) and, with Brian Davies and Jan Wright Body Knowledge and Control. Studies in the Sociology of Physical Education and Health (Routledge, 2004).

    Professor John Evans

    School of Sport and Exercise Sciences

    Loughborough University

    Loughborough

    LE11 3TU

    Tel: 01509 222971

    Fax: 01509 226301

    Email: john.evans@lboro.ac.uk

    Anne Flintoff is Reader in Physical Education and Education Development at Leeds Metropolitan University. She is part of the Gender, Race and Equity Research Group and teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate pathways in the sociology of PE and sport. Her major research interests include gender and physical education; contemporary youth sport policy; young people and active lifestyles; PE teacher education; gender and education; feminist theory and sport. She has published widely in PE and sport studies, and is a member of the editorial board of Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy.

    Dr Anne Flintoff

    Reader in PE and Educational Development

    School of Education and Professional Development

    Leeds Metropolitan University

    Carnegie Hall

    Beckett Park

    Leeds LS6 3QS

    Tel: 0113 2832600

    Email: a.flintoff@lmu.ac.uk

    Ken Green lectures in the sociology of physical education, sport and leisure in the Chester Centre for Research into Sport and Society in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University College Chester. He is Editor of the European Physical Education Review.

    Professor Ken Green

    Chester Centre for Research into Sport and Society

    Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences

    University College Chester

    Parkgate Road

    Chester

    CH1 4BJ

    Tel: 01244 375444

    Fax: 01244 380920

    Email: kengreen@chester.ac.uk

    Ken Hardman, formerly Reader in Education at the University of Manchester, currently holds Visiting Professorships at Akita University, Japan and University College Worcester. Immediate Past-President of the International Society for Comparative Physical Education and Sport and member of the Executive Board of the International Committee for Sport Science and Physical Education and the International Committee of Sport Pedagogy, Ken is a Fellow of the Physical Education Association UK, European Academy of Kinanthropology and Physical Education and Royal Society of Arts.

    Dr Ken Hardman

    Department of PE and Sport Studies University College Worcester

    Henwick Grove

    Worcester

    WR2 6AJ

    Email: ken.hardman@tiscali.com

    Jo Harris has 12 years' teaching experience of physical education in secondary schools and 15 years' lecturing experience in higher education. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Physical Education and Director of the Teacher Education Unit at Loughborough University. She also lectures on masters degree courses and supervises research students. Her research focuses on the expression of health within the National Curriculum for Physical Education. Jo has produced numerous teaching resources and has delivered many in-service courses for physical education teachers. She contributed significantly to the work of the HEA Health and Physical Education Project based at Loughborough University for many years. She has presented at national and international conferences and has published articles in professional and academic journals. Jo is currently President of the Physical Education Association of the United Kingdom (PEA UK).

    Dr Jo Harris

    School of Sport and Exercise Sciences Loughborough University Loughborough

    LE11 3TU

    Tel: 01509 222971

    Fax: 01509 226301

    Email: j.p.harris@lboro.ac.uk

    David Kirk joined Loughborough University in November 1998. He is currently Professor of Physical Education and Youth Sport. He also holds an Honorary Chair in Human Movement Studies at the University of Queensland, Australia and an Adjunct Chair in Physical Education at the University of Limerick, Ireland. David is Editor of the journal Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy (Carfax) and is a member of the advisory and editorial boards of several other leading journals. He received the IOC President's Prize in 2001 for his contribution to research in physical and sport education, and the outstanding Scholar Award in 2003 from the Research on Instruction and Learning in Physical Education Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association.

    Professor David Kirk

    School of Sport and Exercise Sciences

    Loughborough University

    Loughborough

    LE11 3TU

    Tel: 01509 223257

    Fax: 01509 226301

    Email: d.kirk@lboro.ac.uk

    Joe Marshall lectures in physical education at Liverpool Hope University College. He is Book Review Editor for the European Physical Education Review and a member of the International Committee for Sports Science and Physical Education.

    Dr Joe Marshall

    Department of Sport Studies

    Liverpool Hope University College

    Hope Park

    Liverpool

    L16 9JD

    Tel: 0151 291 3917

    Fax: 0151 291 3164

    Email: marshaj@hope.ac.uk

    Mike McNamee is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the Centre for Philosophy, Humanities and Law in Health Care, School of Health Science, at the University of Wales Swansea. He has published and lectured widely in the philosophies of education and physical education, leisure and sport, in applied ethics, and has recently begun to work in the philosophy of health and medicine. He has co-edited the Ethics of Leisure (LSA publications, 1999), Ethics and Sport (Routledge, 1998) and the Ethics of Educational Research (Blackwell, 2002). He co-edits a book series in Ethics and Sport for Routledge. His latest edited book is Philosophy and the Sciences of Exercise, Health and Sport (Routledge, 2004). He is a former President of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport and is the inaugural Chair of the British Philosophy of Sport Association.

    Dr M. J. McNamee

    Centre for Philosophy, Humanities and Law in Health Care

    School of Health Science

    University of Wales Swansea

    Singleton Park

    Swansea

    Wales

    SA2 8PP

    Tel: 01792 602118

    Email: m.j.mcnamee@swansea.ac.uk

    Dawn Penney is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education. Prior to her appointment at ECU, Dawn was a Senior Research Fellow at Loughborough University, UK and Research Fellow at the University of Queensland. Dawn has been involved in policy and curriculum research at national, state and school levels in the UK and Australia, focusing on development in health and physical education. Her publications include Politics, Policy and Practice in Physical Education co-authored with John Evans (Routledge, 1999) and Gender and Physical Education. Contemporary Issues and Future Directions (Routledge, 2002). Her most recent work has focused on the development of specialist schools in the UK and collaborative research with teachers engaged in curriculum development.

    Dr Dawn Penney

    School of Education

    Edith Cowan University

    2 Bradford Street

    Mount Lawley 6050

    Western Australia

    Tel: +61 (08) 9370 6802

    Fax: +61 (08) 9370 6215

    Email: d.penney@ecu.edu.au

    Ken Roberts is Professor of Sociology at the University of Liverpool. He is renowned for his work on social stratification and is widely regarded as the founding father of leisure sociology. He has published numerous articles as well as over 20 books, the most recent of which are Class in Modern Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003) and The Leisure Industries (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004).

    Professor Ken Roberts

    Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work Studies

    Eleanor Rathbone Building

    University of Liverpool

    Bedford Street South

    Liverpool L69 7ZA

    Tel: 0151 794 2995/6

    Fax: 0151 794 2997

    Email: k.roberts@liverpool.ac.uk

    Sheila Scraton is Professor of Leisure and Feminist Studies at Leeds Metropolitan University. She directs the Gender, Race and Equity Research Group, teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate pathways in leisure and sport studies and coordinates the Gender network across the University. Her major research interests include cross-national qualitative work on women and sport; sport, ethnicity and gender; women and football; older women and leisure; gender and physical education; leisure and feminist theory. She has published extensively in leisure and sport studies and is a member of the editorial board of Leisure Studies and the Journal of Sport and Social Issues and on the advisory board of Sport, Education and Society.

    Professor Sheila Scraton

    School of Education and Professional Development

    Leeds Metropolitan University

    Carnegie Hall

    Beckett Park

    Leeds LS6 3QS

    Tel: 0113 2832600

    Email: s.j.scraton@lmu.ac.uk

    Andy Smith is a Researcher in the sociology of physical education, sport and leisure in the Chester Centre for Research into Sport and Society in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University College Chester.

    Andy Smith

    Chester Centre for Research into Sport and Society Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences

    University College Chester

    Parkgate Road

    Chester

    CH1 4BJ

    Tel: 01244 375444 Fax: 01244 380920

    Email: andy.smith@chester.ac.uk

    Nigel Thomas is Head of Sport and Exercise at Staffordshire University. He began his career in Higher Education following ten years working in local authority and governing body sports development roles, focusing specifically on the development of opportunities for young disabled people. His research interests include the media coverage of disability sport and the integration of children with special educational needs into mainstream physical education. He is currently completing his PhD on the ‘policy process in disability sport’.

    Mr Nigel Thomas

    Head of Department

    Sport and Exercise

    Faculty of Health and Sciences

    Staffordshire University

    Leek Road

    Stoke on Trent

    Staffordshire

    ST4 2DF

    Tel: 01782 294019 Fax: 01782 294321

    Email: n.b.thomas@staffs.ac.uk

    Richard Winsley is a Researcher in the Children's Health and Exercise Research Centre and a Lecturer in the School of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter.

    Dr Richard Winsley

    Children's Health and Exercise Research Centre School of Sport and Health Sciences

    University of Exeter

    Heavitree Road Exeter

    EX1 2LU

    Tel: 01392 264724

    Fax: 01392 264706

    Email: r.j.winsley@exeter.ac.uk

    Introduction

    KenGreen andKenHardman

    This book is aimed primarily at under- and postgraduate students pursuing entire programmes or discrete courses and modules in the broad area of physical education and sport in schools. It consists of a collection of what we consider to be essential readings – in the sense that they are contributions from eminent authors on a breadth of salient and enduring themes as well as contemporary issues – in physical education. Many of the authors are distinguished figures who have, over the last two decades, made substantial and distinctive contributions to our understanding of the process of physical education. By enduring themes we mean those aspects of physical education that have continued to be discussed, in a more or less contentious manner, throughout the history of the subject; for example, the nature and values of physical education and the relationship between the subject and physical activity and health. At the same time, the book explores contemporary issues in the form of relatively recent debates surrounding topics such as the growth of examinations in physical education and innovations and developments in teaching styles and formats.

    The study of physical education has increasingly become multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary and the book reflects this, incorporating philosophical, sociological, pedagogical and comparative perspectives on central themes and issues in the academic and professional study of physical education. In this respect the book offers readers ample opportunity to gain insight into the various disciplinary means by which we can develop a more adequate understanding of the subject.

    While, at first glance, the text may appear oriented towards secondary school physical education in the United Kingdom, closer inspection reveals material that has direct relevance at an international level – either because the topics addressed are generic topics (physical activity, health-related exercise and pedagogy, for example) or because they offer comparative study (such as physical education in international context) or involve reference to international aspects of the topics under consideration (model-based teaching and assessment in physical education and the significance of social class for sport and physical education). Similarly, many of the themes and issues discussed are equally relevant to physical education at junior and senior levels of schooling.

    We are acutely aware that, in attempting to provide such broad disciplinary and thematic coverage, an edited collection inevitably runs the risk of failing to satisfy anybody's requirements! At the same time, we appreciate that there are a number of themes and issues, as well as eminent authors that we have not managed to include. For this we can only apologise whilst accepting that the responsibility for this particular selection is entirely ours.

    We trust that the book will provide a service to all those interested in the process of physical education. We wish to express our sincere gratitude to the individual chapter’ authors who have gone to a great deal of trouble to provide stimulating, up-to-date contributions that can be considered essential readings for anyone involved in the domain of physical education. We particularly want to thank Marianne Lagrange and Emma Grant-Mills of Sage publications for their support in bringing the book to fruition. All that remains is to point out that the royalties from the sales of this book will go to the North-West Counties Physical Education Association (NWCPEA) – the parent-body of the European Physical Education Review of which this book's editors are current and immediate past editors – to support its work in furthering the study and practice of physical education.

    Ken Green and Ken Hardman, 2004


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