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What is the condition of the field of Physical Education? How is it adapted to the rise of kinesiology, sport and exercise science and human movement studies over the last thirty years? This Handbook provides an authoritative critical overview of the field and identifies future challenges and directions. The Handbook is divided in to six sections: Perspectives and Paradigms in Physical Education Research; Cross-disciplinary Contributions to Research Philosophy; Learning in Physical Education; Teaching Styles and Inclusive Pedagogies; Physical Education Curriculum; and Difference and Diversity in Physical Education.

Learners and Popular Culture
Learners and popular culture
Introduction

Recent times have seen something of an explosion of interest in relation to the study of young people's social practice, and the impact of these experiences on their understandings of self and identity. In particular, concerns over young people's involvement in “unhealthy” or “antisocial” behaviours, as well as their perceived lack of participation in physical activities, has caused much attention to be directed specifically at youth leisure and lifestyle practices (e.g. Macdonald, 2002; Wright et al., 2003). At the same time, however, there have been significant changes within the nature of contemporary society that have included, in part, a growth in the accessibility and availability of social and cultural discourses, and these are seen to represent significant resources ...

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