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1st Edition

Pedagogies of Social Justice in Physical Education and Youth Sport

ISBN 9780367755348
Published December 21, 2021 by Routledge
152 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book offers an overview of contemporary debates in social justice and equity within Physical Education (PE) and Youth Sport (YS). It gives the reader clear direction on how to evaluate their current PE or YS program against current research and provides ideas for content, curriculum development, implementation, and pedagogical impact. 

The book addresses key contemporary issues including healthism, sexism, racism, classism, heterosexism, ableism and colonialism, and it highlights the importance of positionality and critical awareness on the part of the teacher, coach, or researcher. Presenting an array of case studies, practical examples, and thought-provoking questions, the book discusses equitable pedagogies and how they might be implemented, including in curriculum design and assessment. 

Concise, and avoiding academic jargon, this is an invaluable guide for pre-service and in-service teachers, teacher educators, coaches, and educators, helping them to ensure that all students and young people are included within the PE and YS settings for which they are responsible.

Table of Contents

Part I: Understanding the Need for Social Justice in Physical Education and Youth Sport 

1          Healthism and Fatism

2          Ableism and Elitism

3          Genderism and Sexism

4          Heterosexism

5          Racism

6          Classism

7          Linguicism

8          Religionism

9          Colonialism 

Part II: Enacting Social justice in Physical Education and Youth Sport 

10        Trauma Informed Pedagogies in Physical Education and Youth Sport

11        Democratic Pedagogies in Physical Education and Youth Sport

12        Decolonizing Physical Education and Youth Sport

13        Lifetime Pedagogies: Social Change Through Curriculum

14        Activist Approaches and Youth Sport

15        Critical Pedagogies of Affect in Physical Education and Youth Sport

16        Pedagogies of Self-Preservation

17        Wrap Up: Be the Change

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Shrehan Lynch is Senior Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education at the University of East London, UK. She works with trainee teachers on the PGCE, School Direct, and Apprenticeship programs. Her specialisms include research on sociocultural issues in PE, social justice pedagogies in teacher education, and PE. 

Jennifer L. Walton-Fisette is Professor of Physical Education Teacher Education at Kent State University, USA. She has published in the areas of curriculum, teaching, and learning, and social justice, equity, and policy issues within Physical Education.  

Carla Luguetti is Lecturer in Health and Physical Education at Victoria University, Australia. Her overarching research and teaching focus is on sport pedagogy and social justice. Collaboratively and in partnership with communities, her research aims at co-designing curriculum and/or sport programs with diverse young people. The intent is to use sport as a vehicle for assisting young people to become critically aware of their communities’ social issues and creating spaces for social change.


'An indispensable resource that will help prepare educators for a world where the promise of equitable movement is not just imagined but fulfilled. This is a powerful and necessary articulation of purpose that inspires action.'

Professor Brian Culp, Physical Education and Health Promotion, Kennesaw State University, USA  

'Lynch, Walton-Fisette and Luguetti have written a must-read book for anyone interested in social justice issues and critical work in physical education (PE) and youth sport. Informative, easy-to-understand, and very relevant for students, academics, and practitioners. I regard this as essential reading for those in PE and youth sport.'

Dr Bonnie Pang, Lecturer, Department for Health, University of Bath, Adjunct Fellow, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University, Australia

'This is a timely and much-needed resource for the physical education and coaching professions. Presenting complex intersectional concepts in accessible and context-meaningful language enables practitioners to genuinely see themselves as active enablers of social justice, rather than peripheral allies. It is Lynch, Luguetti and Walton-Fisette's gift to their profession and one that offers an enduring legacy of change.'

Dr Sue Whatman, Senior Lecturer, School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia