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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.

Girls and Physical Education
Girls and physical education

In this chapter we provide an overview and synthesis of the current knowledge and developments in understanding girls and physical education (PE). Over the past three decades, there has been a considerable increase in the amount of work focusing on girls' experiences of PE. Over this time, our knowledge and understanding has developed and shifted and become increasingly sophisticated. Theories have developed from viewing girls as a homogeneous group to ones that recognize diversity between girls, and the interconnections of gender, sexuality, race and class.

The chapter begins with a brief historical perspective that explores the changes over time that have occurred with the research on girls and PE. The chapter then outlines the conceptual and theoretical debates relating ...

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