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  • Contents
  • Subject index

`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.

Assessment and Examinations in Physical Education
Assessment and examinations in physical education

This chapter briefly explores the increasingly complex area of assessment in PE before focusing on examinations in PE/Sport. More specifically, the chapter traces the rapid growth of GCSE and A level PE in England and Wales, and explores some of the more important issues surrounding the topic before attempting to make sense of its popularity among physical educationalists. The chapter concludes by reflecting upon the impact of the rise of examinable PE on the supposed nature and purposes of the subject.

Assessment in Physical Education

In general terms, assessment involves the collection of information in order to establish whether, and to what extent, something has been attained or achieved. In education, assessment tends to be used ...

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