Beyond the Boundaries of Physical Education
Educating Young People for Citizenship and Social Responsibility
This book sets out to celebrate physical education and sport, and by doing so, encourage the educational establishment to embrace the subject area as a vehicle for the complete development of the individual. In addition, it shows that the benefits of physical activity far outweigh the shallow claims of populous magazines - there are benefits for the individual, the community and for society as a whole. Laker contends that the importance of physical education and sport in many areas of social life has been overlooked at best, and misused at worst. Physical activity has a vast contribution to make, not only as a topic of small talk on a Monday morning, but also to the personal and social development of individuals and possibly to the well-being of the global community as a whole. This book explores the land 'beyond the boundaries of the game.'
'Laker's arguments are persuasive ... What is new about his work is the author's ambitious attempt to locate these ideas and ideals within the mainstream of curriculum practice ... Laker has the advantage of living and working in both the USA and the UK, and he brings his experiences and knowledge of both countries to this book.' - David Kirk, Teachers College Record