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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.

Disability and Physical Education
Disability and physical education

Unfortunately, society has failed so far to keep in step with the development of sport for the [sic] disabled …. Although there has been an awakening of the needs of the [sic] disabled in recent years, there is still much to be desired. (Guttmann, 1976:179)

Sir Ludwig Guttman is considered by many to be the founding father of disability sport through his pioneering work with people with spinal cord injuries. Nearly 30 years ago he claimed that society was failing to adequately address and support sporting opportunities for disabled people. Although he indicated there had been some positive developments these seemed to be incomplete. In the intervening years following Guttmann's observations we have experienced profound social and cultural changes ...

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