Sport and Physical Education in Germany

Sport and Physical Education in Germany

Sport and Physical Education in Germany

Sport and Physical Education in Germany

Synopsis

Sport and physical education represent important components of German national life, from school and community participation, to elite, international level sport. This unique and comprehensive collection brings together material from leading German scholars to examine the role pf sport and PE in Germany from a range of historical and contemporary perspectives. Key topics include: * sport and PE in pre-war, post war and re-unified Germany * sport and PE in schools * coach education * elite sport and sport science * women and sport * sport and recreation facilities. This book offers an illuminating insight into how sport and PE have helped to shape Germany. It represents fascinating reading for anyone with an interest in the history and sociology of sport, and those working in German studies.

Excerpt

A major initiative in the development of comparative and international studies in physical education and sport was the formation of the International Society for Comparative Physical Education and Sport (ISCPES) in 1978, since when it has been the leading body in the promotion of comparative, cross-cultural and cross-national physical education and sport studies. The Society is a research and educational organisation with the expressed purpose of supporting, encouraging and providing assistance to those seeking to initiate and strengthen research and teaching programmes in comparative and international physical education and sport throughout the world. ISCPES holds biennial international conferences, publishes conference proceedings, an international journal and monographs, sponsors (in the form of patronage) research projects and, in conjunction with E&F Spon and Routledge, has launched a book series.

The idea for the book series originated in a concern about the dearth of published analytical literature in the comparative transnational and cross-cultural domains of physical education and sport. With few exceptions, there was a predisposition towards description rather than analytic interpretation in early textbooks with a 'first order' comparative or international approach. Concentration was on the 'what' and there was neglect of the essential ingredients of 'truly' regarded comparative study - the 'why' and 'how'. The volumes in this book series are aligned with the expressed puposes of comparative and cross-cultural study, and serve to progress comparative and international studies beyond mere description.

The primary purpose is for the titles in the series individually and collectively to extend knowledge of national systems and issues' themes and topics. Thus the present volume, with its focus on the national system of Sport and Physical Education in Germany complements the first title in the series, Sport and Physical Education in China (Riordan and Jones, 1999: E&F Spon). Future titles will address themes such as women and sport, adapted physical activity, and sport and religion, amongst others. These and other titles will represent a significant contribution to the progress of comparative, cross-cultural and transnational studies. The

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