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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.

Interpretive Perspectives in Physical Education Research
Interpretive perspectives in physical education research

We can, and I think must, look upon human life as chiefly a vast interpretive process in which people, singly and collectively, guide themselves by defining the objects, events, and situations which they encounter … Any scheme designed to analyze human group life in its general character has to fit this process of interpretation (Blumer, 1956:686).


The emergence of interpretive research methods has expanded significantly over the last 30 years. That expansion has been accompanied by an increasing acceptance of and interest in qualitative research forms by educational researchers, including those who work in the wider areas of physical education and sport pedagogy. Through exploration within the interpretive paradigm our field has been able to ...

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