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Chapter 41: Race and Ethnicity in Physical Education

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Race and Ethnicity in Physical Education
Race and ethnicity in physical education

While discourses of racial and ethnic differences and the unique challenges they bring to teaching and the preparing of future educators is wanting in educational literature (Apple, 1999), it is particularly absent in physical education discussions. Even though it may be politically correct and acceptable to display behaviors and attitudes that embrace racial neutrality, many social scientists and philosophical views indicate that “race matters” (e.g. Coakley, 2004: 283–323; Eitzen and Sage, 2003: 285–306). The role of race, in comparison to gender and class, still remains largely under-theorized (Tate, 2003) and discourse on this topic is long overdue (Carter and Goodwin, 1994). In physical education it is time for frank, constructive, and productive discussion of ...

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