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Understanding Physical Education

Understanding Physical Education

  • Ken Green - University of Chester, UK and Inland University of Applied Sciences (Høgskolen i Innlandet), Norway

February 2008 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This easy-to-use introduction explores all of the contemporary issues and enduring themes in physical education, focusing on the United Kingdom but incorporating a global dimension. The wide range of topics covered include:
  • The nature and purposes of physical education
  • The current 'state' of physical education
  • Policy towards physical education and sport
  • Extra-curricular physical education
  • Youth sport and physical education
  • Assessment and examinations in physical education
  • Social class, gender and ethnicity in relation to physical education
  • Teacher training and continuing professional development
This book is an essential read for anyone studying physical education at undergraduate or graduate levels.

The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education
Policy and Physical Educatiion
The 'State' of Physical Education
Extra-Curricular Physical Education
Assessment and Examinations in Physical Education
Health and Physical Education
Youth Sport and Physical Education
Gender and Physical Education
Social Class and Physical Education
Ethnicity and Physical Education
Disability and Physical Education
Teaching Physical Education

A comprehensive book which has been useful to those final year students who have an interest in PE and who choose the development of the subject for their final year projects.

Mrs Sarah Martin-Denham
Education , Sunderland University
April 21, 2015

Has formed part of the reading list for several key modules.

Mr Jordan Wintle
School of Sport & Exercise, Gloucestershire University
February 10, 2015

The book offers it's readers the opportunity to explore Phyisical Education at many levels. A book to consider for both PE and coaching modules.

Mrs Jaime Guinan
School of Sport & Exercise Science, Worcester University
March 19, 2013

The book gives a great overview of PE and will be very useful for recommended reading.

Ms Rebecca Foster
Institute , Worcester University
November 7, 2012

A great resource for level 3 students embarking on leadership activities and community sports leaders awards in schools and extra curricular sessions.

Can be quite heavy in some places for level 3 students, more case studies and examples would suit this level.

Miss Gemma Hallett
AACTS, Ystrad Mynach College
October 18, 2012

Covers a wide range of topics which the students need to understand in one of their modules.

Mr Kieran Perkins
Sport, Tresham Institute
September 7, 2012

An excellent book that provides a really useful overview of the major issues in Physical Education. One of the few books to cover policy and practice and the sociological debates in a single text.

Miss Janine Partington
Carnegie Faculty of Sports & Education, Leeds Metropolitan University
February 2, 2012

This book could be helpful for our undergraduate students when they are studying for modules within the professional strand of our degree programme.

It may also help some of our students when they are exploring ideas for dissertations or writing their dissertations.

The chapters "Assessment and Examinations in Physical Education" and "Health and Physical Education" are very interesting and stimulate "food for thought"

Mr Craig Pulling
Department of Physical Education, Chichester University
April 5, 2011

This text includes some very useful chapters that will serve the concerned module very well. I intended to recommend this text to my students as one (of a few) texts for this course.

Dr Lee Beaumont
School of Education and Lifelong Learning, East Anglia University
December 1, 2009

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