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Chapter 30: Physical Education Teacher Education (PE/TE) Policy

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Physical Education Teacher Education (PE/TE) Policy
Physical education teacher education (PE/TE) policy
Chapter Overview

This chapter is about policy affecting school physical education and teacher education programs, whose unique contribution to human lives is promoting and teaching physical activity (PA). The murky world of policy is complex, convoluted, confusing, and contentious. Here, policy will be defined as “…rules, statements of intent, and specified strategies that are formally adopted by legitimated individuals or agencies to guide collective action”. (Hawley, 1990: 136). Located at the intersection of several policy fields acting at multiple global to local sites, PE/TE1 policy embraces policy discourses of education, health, and sport among others. This nexus creates an arena for lively debate, contestation of priorities, and shifting power. This chapter presents sources of influence ...

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