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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.

Philosophy and Physical Education
Philosophy and physical education
Brief Historical Perspective

Strictly speaking, the philosophy of physical education is a sub-discipline of the philosophy of education, which, in turn, is a division of philosophy proper. So conceived, the philosophical issues pursued in the philosophy of physical education take their point of departure from the main issues that enliven the philosophy of education. And it was precisely this pedagogical perspective that informed most philosophical considerations of games, sports, exercise, dance, and other related physical fare on both sides of the Atlantic (mainly, the US and Great Britain) up to the late 1960s or so.

But beginning in the late 1960s (in the US) and the 1970s (in Britain), however, the field of the philosophy of physical education gradually gave ...

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