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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.

Sexuality and Physical Education
Sexuality and physical education
Introduction

The issue of sexuality is perhaps the last taboo as regards open discussion in physical education. Although as I shall argue within this chapter there have been some changes within the pedagogical practices and expectations of physical educators in the two decades since Lenskyj first referred to the “chilly silence” surrounding this issue in the mid 1980s much remains to be done if physical education is to recognize and allow for the sexual diversity of all its participants. Clearly there has been increasing awareness of the importance of addressing issues of sexuality within physical education which has led to a growing corpus of research in this field particularly emanating from North America, Australia and England. Nevertheless, while there ...

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