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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.

Research into Elementary Physical Education Programs
Research into elementary physical education programs

Elementary physical education (EPE) has on the one hand been heralded as important, for benefits such as health, fitness, exercise, social interaction, motor development, skill development and more recently obesity control, yet on the other hand often absent in practice, under-researched, and therefore under-theorised with respect to the rhetoric around claims made to justify its presence within the curriculum. EPE is now commanding the attention of politicians concerned about lifestyle issues (such as lifelong fitness, health, and obesity) as well as a community of academics, professionals, educational policymakers and health and sport advocates who want to justify EPE. This chapter summarizes and critiques the research that focuses on physical education programmes in elementary schools, ...

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