Using the example and context of Physical Education, a particularly vivid and comprehensive illustration is provided of the processes involved in the development of the National Curriculum for Physical Education in England and Wales between 1988-1995.
The authors draw upon the extensive research to provide an analysis, description and critique of the direct and indirect influences of central government, local education authorities, schools, departments and teachers in the development of policy and practice in Physical Education. The highly political nature of policy developments in education, and Physical Education in particular, is demonstrated clearly throughout.
A valuable contribution to existing literature, this book helps students and researchers piece together the last ten years of policy-making in education and offers a new perspective on the future of Physical Education in the United Kingdom.
'This is an excellent text for students in the PE and Sport field. It fills a gap in the current available literature within PE and particularly relating to politics and policy. The writers enable students to link theoretical aspects with practical implementation.' - Jeanne Keay, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
'The profession is priviledged to have two such eminent authors devoting time and energy to 'making public' their research into this much under-represented, often marginalized and low ststus curriculum subject. … This is a stimulating and invaluable addition to the debate on policy process, definitions, traditions and futures in PE, on differentially positioned people who help to shape and re-shape policy and practice, and how traditions have been sustained rather than challenged by the relational power-plays involved.' - Tansin Benn, Sport Education and Society
Introduction. The policy process in education. The national curriculum for physical education in England and Wales: power and politics in the policy process. Scope for slippage? putting policy into practice. Defining practices in PE: policies, politicians and practitioners. Progress in PE? Policy matters.