Gender and Physical Education: Contemporary Issues and Future Directions

Gender and Physical Education: Contemporary Issues and Future Directions

Gender and Physical Education: Contemporary Issues and Future Directions

Gender and Physical Education: Contemporary Issues and Future Directions

Synopsis

Gender and Physical Education offers a critical and comprehensive commentary on issues relating to gender in PE and teacher education. The book challenges our understandings of gender, equity and identity in PE, establishing a conceptual and historical foundation for the issue, as well as presenting a wealth of original research material.The book delivers a critical analysis of the progress and shortcomings pf contemporary policies and practice in PE as they relate to gender, and reflects on the similarities and differences between developments in the UK, US and Australia. It also offers a new framework for research, policy and practice with a view to advancing gender equity, and addresses the roles that teachers, educators and policy makers can play in challenging existing inequalities.Gender and Physical Education is important reading for students and lecturers in education, teacher educators and providers of continuing professional development in PE, and anybody concerned with gender issues in education, PE or sport.

Excerpt

Why a book focusing upon gender and physical education? Gender has not been the major focus of my research or writing on contemporary physical education. I certainly do not consider myself an expert on gender issues and nor do I have the background of years of engagement with literature focusing upon issues of gender, sexuality and identity in education, physical education and sport that others (including contributors to this collection) can claim. in embarking upon this project, I was therefore acutely aware that my qualification to lead it could be questioned. However, I undertook the project in the hope that with the support and encouragement of colleagues, we could help to extend the accessibility of, and engagement with, literature and research focusing on gender. This book confirms (if we need any confirmation) that all of us, not only an 'expert few', need to be extending our understandings of the issues and pursuing ways in which we can better respond to them in policies and in practice in physical education teaching and teacher education.

The process of editing this collection and contributing to several chapters has greatly advanced my own understanding of gender and equity in physical education and I am therefore very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with the talented and remarkably understanding colleagues who are the contributors. It has been an opportunity that has enabled me to bring to the fore issues that I have often been aware have been present in my research and data, but that have remained marginal in my writing. It has been a challenging and rewarding experience, demanding that I not only ask new questions of data, but also of myself, my own experiences and attitudes. I hope that those reading the book will be encouraged to be similarly reflective and be inspired to continue to pursue the issues in their daily lives.

In producing the book I have also become aware of the limitations of any single text, and of the scope of current research in physical education. We certainly do not claim to have filled all the gaps in research or writing on gender, equity and identity in physical education. Rather, the hope has to be that we have highlighted the need for sustained and extended research and commentary on those issues. There is much that each of us can do individually, but also much to be achieved collectively. I hope that readers will see the benefits of bringing together people from different backgrounds, with

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