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Assessment in Physical Education

A Sociocultural Perspective, 1st Edition

By Peter Hay, Dawn Penney


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Assessment has widely been acknowledged as a central element of institutional education, shaping curriculum and pedagogy in powerful ways and representing a critical reference point in political, professional and public debates about educational achievement and policy directions. Within physical education there remains significant debate regarding the subject knowledge, skills and understandings that should be assessed, in what ways and at what points in students’ education this should occur.

Divided into three parts, Assessment in Physical Education makes an important contribution to our understanding of the socio-cultural issues associated with assessment in physical education, in terms of its systemic development as well as at the level of pedagogic relations between physical education teachers and their students. It provides readers with an insightful critique and theoretically informed ideas for rethinking assessment policies and practices in physical education.

This book will be of interest to advanced students and researchers in physical education and youth sport studies, as well as those involved in initial teacher education and teacher professional development.


"In order to obtain quality PE it is essential to be conscious about the role of assessment and this book offers its readers a very useful platform for discussing and elaborating assessment as a pedagogical tool. I strongly recommend the book." – Claes Annerstedt,, Nordic Sport Science Forum

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction Part 1: Developing Assessment ‘Messages’ in Physical Education Chapter 2. Producing Assessment Messages Chapter 3. Definitions, Differentiations and Communications of Assessment Part 2: Enacting Assessment in Physical Education Chapter 4. Defining, Acquiring and Transacting Ability Through Assessment in Physical Education Chapter 5. A Sociocultural View of Assessment Validity in Physical Education Chapter 6. Assessment Literacy in Physical Education Part 3: Promoting Assessment Efficacy in PE Chapter 7. Aligning Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment in Physical Education Chapter 8. Reconceptualising Assessment for Learning in Physical Education Chapter 9. Assessment Innovations, Transformations and Technologies Chapter 10. Conclusion

About the Authors

Peter Hay is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Human Movement Studies, The University of Queensland, Australia. His work has focused on assessment practices and policies in and beyond the field of physical education and the social construction of abilities in institutional education settings.

Dawn Penney is Professor of Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy in the Department of Sport and Leisure Studies in the Faculty of Education at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. Dawn is recognised internationally for her work in policy and curriculum development in Health and Physical Education.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Physical Education and Youth Sport

The Routledge Studies in Physical Education and Youth Sport series is a forum for the discussion of the latest and most important ideas and issues in physical education, sport, and active leisure for young people across school, club and recreational settings. The series presents the work of the best well-established and emerging scholars from around the world, offering a truly international perspective on policy and practice. It aims to enhance our understanding of key challenges, to inform academic debate, and to have a high impact on both policy and practice, and is thus an essential resource for all serious students of physical education and youth sport.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Physical Education