2nd Edition

Debates in Physical Education

ISBN 9781138586871
Published December 17, 2019 by Routledge
350 Pages

USD $32.95

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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

List of Illustrations

List of Contributors

Introduction to the series



Section 1: The evolving context of physical education



Governments and physical education

David Kirk



Physical education and society

Ken Green



Children and young people and physical education

Ian Luke, Sean Macblain and Gill Golder



Physical education – a joined up approach

Susan Capel and Richard Blair



Physical education beyond schools and teachers

Richard Blair and Mark Guildea


Section 2: Education, physical education, knowledge and learning



What is the education in physical education?

Margaret Whitehead



Physical education in education – a means or an end in itself?

Margaret Whitehead



Knowledge for physical education

Mike Waring and Frank Herold



Physical education knowledge, learning and pedagogy

Richard Blair and Susan Capel


Section 3: Physical education curriculum and policy



Primary school physical education

Mike Jess and Nicola Carse



Secondary school physical education

Mark Bowler, Angela Newton, Saul Keyworth and Joanne McKeown



Assessment in physical education

Dawn Penney



Curriculum - value and interpretation

Mary O’Sullivan,  Antonio Calderón and Brigitte Moody


Section 4: Physical education and pedagogy



Inclusion, pedagogy and physical education

Gary Stidder and Richard Blair



Lifestyle, pedagogy and physical education

Lee Beaumont and Victoria Warburton



Health, pedagogy and physical education

Lorraine Cale, Jo Harris and Oliver Hooper



Sport, pedagogy and physical education

Barbara Walsh



Technology, pedagogy and physical education

Charlotte Kerner and Victoria Goodyear


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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.