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Critical Pedagogies in Physical Education, Physical Activity and Health

ISBN 9780367423667
Published July 30, 2021 by Routledge
246 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Critical Pedagogies in Physical Education, Physical Activity and Health explores critical pedagogy – and critical work around the body, health and physical activity – within physical education. By examining the complex relationships between policies and practice, and how these are experienced by young people, it elucidates the need for critical pedagogy in contemporary times.

With contributions from leading international experts in health and physical education, and underpinned by a critical, socio-cultural approach, the book examines how health and physical education are situated across various international contexts and the influence of policy and curriculum. It explores how health is constructed by students and teachers within these contexts as well as how wider spaces and places beyond formal schooling influence learning around the body, health and physical activity. Finally, it considers what progressive pedagogies might ‘look like’ within health and physical education. Chapters utilise empirical work within the field to explore various topics of relevance to critical pedagogy, drawing on theoretical insights while providing practical applications and concluding with reflection points to encourage readers to consider the relevance for their own contexts.

Designed to support pedagogical study in a range of contexts, this book will be of particular interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students, teachers and researchers with an interest in physical education, physical activity and health and the role they play in young people’s lives.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations

List of contributors


Part 1 Situating health and physical education within an international context

Dawn Penney

1 Health, physical education, and the curriculum
Julie Stirrup and Estelle Damant

2 Democracy, Equity and Social Justice: The constitution of ‘health’ in Swedish Physical Education and Health
Göran Gerdin and Katarina Schenker

3 Physical Education in the United States: Policy, Curriculum, and Pedagogy
Dillon Landi, Jennifer L. Walton-Fisette and Sue Sutherland

4 Exploring the role of assessment policy in securing an educative Health and Physical Education in schools
Louise Mccuaig

Part 2 Constructions of Health in Education

Shirley Gray

5 H/health Education in Primary Schools: Teachers, Learners and Initiating Change
Kirsten Petrie and Kylie Thompson

6 Health-related learning in physical education in England
Oliver Hooper, Jo Harris and Lorraine Cale

7 Australian Health and Physical Education Teachers’ Philosophies and Pedagogies of Health
Laura Alfrey and Rosie Welch

Part 3 Locating Places of and Spaces for Health

Amanda Mooney

8 Corporations in physical activity spaces: Teaching young people about health?
Darren Powell and Joe Piggin

9 Young people’s health-related engagements with/in digital spaces
Sarah Macisacc and Oliver Hooper

10 British Chinese Youths’ Physical Activity Practices and the Influence of Home Environments
Bonnie Pang

Part 4 Engaging with Progressive Pedagogies in Health and Physical Education

Rachel Sandford

11 Health inequalities: how and why physical education can help and hinder the equity agenda
Oli Williams Gareth Wiltshire and Kass Gibson

12 ‘Transforming ourselves’: Towards a pedagogy of love in health and physical education
Carla Luguetti and Brent Mcdonald

13 Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in Health and Physical Education
Alison Wrench and Robyne Garrett

14 Proposals for engaging students in outsourced H/PE
Leigh Sperka Oliver Hooper And Julie Stirrup


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Julie Stirrup is a Lecturer in Sport Pedagogy and Physical Education at Loughborough University, UK. Julie is a former physical education teacher and currently works across undergraduate and teacher education programmes. Julie’s research explores physical education and its role within the curriculum and young people’s lives, with a specific focus on issues of equity and inclusion, social class and health discourse.

Oliver Hooper is a Research and Teaching Associate at Loughborough University, UK. Oliver’s research explores young people’s experiences within physical education, health and youth sport contexts, with a specific focus on the experiences of marginalised youth. He is particularly interested in youth voice and the use of participatory methods to facilitate young people’s meaningful involvement in research.