Physical Education: Picking Up the Baton

Physical Education: Picking Up the Baton

Paperback Policy & Practice in Education

By (author) Malcom Thorburn, By (author) Shirley Gray


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  • Publisher: Dunedin Academic Press
  • Format: Paperback | 96 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 214mm x 12mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 1906716072
  • ISBN 13: 9781906716073
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 2,004,362

Product description

Physical education is now a key component of the realisation of school aims. This repositioning of the subject presents both opportunities and challenges, especially as views on the role of physical education are often polarised and contested with politicians, the media, parents, teachers and students having varied and contrasting views. The authors help readers comprehend, in greater detail, some of the complexities involved in understanding physical education in its modern context. Accordingly, they review many of the contested arguments about the nature and purposes of physical education and the pedagogical and professional challenges which lie ahead. In order that their arguments are suitably contextualised, the book discusses the associated issues of health and well-being and youth sport to ensure that readers can gain a rounded and more complete understanding of physical education. With its discussion of the pedagogical and professional challenges facing those engaged in teaching physical education this book will be of particular interest to students intending to become physical education teachers, at both primary and secondary levels, as well as to educators and administrators with an interest in the physical well-being and development of those attending schools.

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Author information

Malcolm Thorburn and Shirley Gray are Lecturers of Physical Education at the University of Edinburgh.

Table of contents

Series editors' introduction; 1: Opportunities and challenges for physical education; 2:Official and unofficial views of physical education; 3: Teaching physical education in the twenty-first century: pedagogical challenges; 4: Professionalism and professional development; 5: What future for physical education? References; Index