This book provides students and scholars with a fail-safe guide to the key concepts in the field of Sport & Exercise Science. Intelligently cross-referenced entries provide a sound map of the multi-disciplinary demands of sport related courses including physical and biological sciences, social science and education. The entries use clear definitions, examples, and suggestions for further reading to explore each discipline.

Physical Education

Physical education

The meaning of physical education has been contested vigorously since it came into regular use in most English-speaking countries from the 1950s. Before the 1950s, the term physical training was more common. Some of the debates around meaning have centred on the content, teaching styles and learning that characterise physical education as a subject area in the school curriculum. Other debates have been concerned with physical education as a lifelong process of learning in the physical domain. Often these two broad approaches to physical education are presented as antagonistic to each other though, as we will see, this need not necessarily be the case. Within the context of these two broad approaches to physical education, writers have employed a number of specific ...

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