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Chapter 43: Girls and Physical Education

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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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