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BEN DYSON

In: Handbook of Physical Education

Chapter 19: Students' Perspectives of Physical Education

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Students' Perspectives of Physical Education
Students' perspectives of physical education
Introduction

If aliens from another world landed on planet earth and consulted the professional literature to learn about our education system, it would be quite possible for them to overlook the perspectives of students in the entire process. Ironically, the two groups most intimately involved in the day-to-day function of education, teachers and students, have rarely been asked for their thoughts by researchers (Brooker and Macdonald, 1999; Cohn and Kottkamp, 1993; Corbett and Wilson, 1995, 2002). In handbooks of research on teaching there is little research on students' perspectives in the classroom or in the physical education gymnasium (Graber, 2001; Richardson, 2001; Travers, 1973; Wittrock, 1986). An illustration of the lack of attention paid to this area ...

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