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1st Edition

The Routledge Physical Education Reader

ISBN 9780415446013
Published October 29, 2008 by Routledge
432 Pages

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Book Description

Physical Education teaching and research is fundamental to the physical and social health of our communities. The Routledge Physical Education Reader presents an authoritative and representative selection of the very best international scholarship in PE, drawn from across the full topical range of the discipline.

Containing a rich blend of contemporary, ‘classic’ and hard-to-find articles, this book helps students gain a full understanding of the historical context in which current issues and debates within PE have emerged. Leading international scholars Richard Bailey and David Kirk weave a thoughtful editorial commentary throughout the book that illuminates each key theme, making insightful and important connections between articles and approaches. The book is divided into eight thematic sections, each of which includes an extensive guide to further reading:

  • Nature and values of physical education
  • physical education and sport
  • physical education and health
  • learners and learning
  • teachers and teaching
  • curriculum and content
  • social construction of bodies
  • researching physical education.

Addressing the most important topics in contemporary physical education, and representing a comprehensive ‘one-stop’ resource, The Routledge Physical Education Reader is essential reading for all serious students of physical education, sport, coaching, exercise and health.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Part 1: The Nature and Values of Physical Education  Part 2: Physical Education and Sport  Part 3: Physical Education and Health  Part 4: Learners and Learning
Part Five: Teachers and Teaching  Part 6: Curriculum and Content  Part 7: The Social Construction of Bodies  Part 8: Researching Physical Education.  Conclusion

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"a compelling overview of the growing sophistication of physical education scholarship internationally, and a great resource for students and scholars"

Professor Mary O'Sullivan, Dean of the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences,
University of Limerick.


"With contributions from some of the foremost pioneers and innovative thinkers in the field of physical education, this Reader stands as a worthy successor to the 2006 Handbook of Physical Education. Its poignant focus on some of the most central issues and debates in our field and beyond suggests that this text will provide food for thought for newcomers to the field and senior scholars alike."

Dr Nate McCaughtry, Associate Professor, Dept. of Kinesiology, Wayne State University


"An invaluable resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students in physical education ... essential to assisting students and their teachers understand physical education in its social, political and cultural context, so that they might shape their own ideas and build an understanding of the field informed by the debates, rather than simply being reactive to current rhetorics."

Jan Wright, Associate Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Wollongong.