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Chapter 8: History of Physical Education

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History of Physical Education
History of physical education
Brief Historical Perspective

There is a long history of material, starting in the last couple of decades of the 19th century, which has examined the history of physical education (Ainsworth, 1930; Hartwell, 1886, 1905; Leonard, 1905, 1915, 1923; Rice, 1926, Schwendener, 1942). Nancy Struna has argued that the growth in the research on the history of physical education reflected an increased interest in physical education both publicly and institutionally at schools, colleges and universities. She also notes that the writers of these early history treatises had little or no formal training in history; they were not trained historians, but physical educators with an interest and a desire to record history. These writers worked without support from their own departments, ...

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