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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.

Social Psychology and Physical Education
Social psychology and physical education
Introduction

Social psychology is basically concerned with how individuals think about, influence, and relate to one another (Myers, 1987). Specifically, emphasis is placed on trying to understand the underlying processes associated with the impact that the social situation has upon individual behavior. While sociologists study the structure of groups, social psychologists study not only how the individual can be influenced by another individual or by the group, but also how the individual can influence the group as well. The key difference between social psychology and sociology is that a social psychologist places the emphasis on the individual. Obviously, social psychology is a very broad field. Social psychology research agendas range from attitudes, to group dynamics, to moral ...

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