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2nd Edition

Debates in Physical Education

ISBN 9781138586871
Published December 17, 2019 by Routledge
350 Pages

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Book Description

This new and updated second edition of Debates in Physical Education explores issues physical education teachers encounter in their daily lives. By engaging with both established and contemporary debates, this volume challenges readers to think about and reflect on the relative validity of positions presented in order to develop their own reasoned and personal view in relation to the topics explored.

Divided into four accessible sections, this book investigates and offers fresh insight into topics of central importance in physical education. Chapters include, for example:

  • Physical education as a means or as an end in itself;
  • Knowledge for physical education;
  • The physical education curriculum;
  • Assessment in physical education;
  • Technology, pedagogy and physical education.
  • Physical education beyond schools and teachers.

Designed to stimulate discussion and support readers in their own research, writing and practice, Debates in Physical Education will be a valuable resource for any student or practising teacher engaged in initial teacher education, continuing professional development or Master's level study.

Table of Contents

1. Governments and physical education;  2. Physical education and school sport: is there a wider social role?;  3. Children, young people and physical education;  4. Physical education – a joined up approach;  5. Physical education beyond schools and teachers;  6. What is the education in physical education?;  7. Physical education in education – a means or an end in itself?;  8. Knowledge for physical education;  9. Physical education knowledge, learning and pedagogy;  10. Primary physical education;  11. Secondary school physical education;  12. Assessment in physical education;  13. Can I teach what I want? Teacher autunomy in enacting a physical education curriculum;  14. Inclusion and curriculum in physical education;  15. Lifestyle sports, pedagogy and physical education;  16. Debating health knowledge and health pedagogies in physical education;  17. Physical education, sport and pedagogy;  18. Technology, pedagogy and physical education

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Professor Susan Capel is Emeritus Professor at Brunel University London, where she was previously Head of School of Sport and Education. She is a past president of the Physical Education Association of the United Kingdom (now called the Association for Physical Education). Her main research interest is in physical education initial teacher education. She is co-editor of Learning to Teach Physical Education in the Secondary School and A Practical Guide to Teaching Physical Education.

Dr Richard Blair is the programme leader for physical education and youth sport at Brunel University London. His teaching is focused on policy and pedagogy in education, physical education and youth sport. His research interests focus on how teachers, coaches and other adults understand the contexts of physical education, youth sports and physical activity and their role within each of the different settings.


"This is a completely revamped edition of the 2013 version and explores current issues as well as longestablished ones, such as the purpose of physical education (PE), assessment and inclusion... The book was released during a pandemic and will provoke self-analysis in reimagining our subject... Highly recommended!" - Declan Hablin, Physical Education Matters