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`For any student of physical education, Physical Education provides an excellent springboard from which to explore theoretical aspects of their subject. The list of authors reads like a who's who of PE and the extensive list of references provides opportunities to investigate areas of interest in more depth' - John Matthews, Chief Executive PEA UK 'Distinguished authors who provide critical analyses of key contemporary issues in physical education: a core text…. Required reading for anybody seeking insight into the key issues of the day in physical education' - Dr Dick Fisher, Vice Principal of St. Mary's University College and Honorary President of the European Physical Education AssociationsAimed at students of physical education and sport in schools, this book consists of a collection of essential readings, covering a breadth of salient and enduring themes, as well as contemporary issues. 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.Themes explored include: the nature and values of physical education; the relationship between the subject and physical activity and health; the growth of examinations in physical education and innovations and developments in teaching styles and formats. The study of physical education has increasingly become multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary and the book reflects this, incorporating philosophical, sociological, pedagogical and comparative perspectives.This book will give readers, both in the UK and internationally, and at all levels of education, a greater understanding of the subject.

Ethnicity and Physical Education
Ethnicity and physical education

This chapter explores three broad aspects of the relationship between ethnicity and PE: first, the involvement of ethnic minority youngsters in PE and sport; second, the difficulties PE teachers have encountered in engaging with such youngsters; and third, whether differences in engagement are merely expressions of differing perspectives on PE and sport among the various ethnic groups or whether, in one form or another, they are better understood as expressions of racism – manifest in the attitudes and practices of individual teachers and pupils and in the social structure and organization of institutions such as schools and sports facilities.

Coverage of the relationship between ethnicity and PE is inevitably uneven. In part, this is an expression of the differential ...

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