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Chapter 34: Social and Individual Responsibility Programs

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Social and Individual Responsibility Programs
Social and individual responsibility programs

This chapter traces our journey through the physical education curriculum research literature related to social and individual responsibility, highlighting conceptual issues, major research findings, applications to policy and practice, and major trends and future directions. This is no easy task, because the core concept, individual and social responsibility, is open to a number of interpretations, blurring the boundaries of our search. Moreover, curriculum research itself has been conceptualized in a number of ways.

To address these issues, we begin with a brief history of the responsibility-related literature in physical education which immediately underscores the importance of defining the core concept. To address this issue head on, this history is followed by a cursory review of the underpinnings ...

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