Sport and Physical Education in China

Sport and Physical Education in China

Sport and Physical Education in China

Sport and Physical Education in China

Synopsis

In this one-of-a-kind book, both Chinese and Western scholars provide students with a clear and wide understanding of sports and Physical Education in China. Sport and Physical Education in China looks at sports from both a historical and contemporary perspective.

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Prior to 1970, texts concerned with comparative and international issues and dimensions were relatively rare. a few American commentators devoted some attention to developments in sport in the then Soviet Union and also produced, through assembled descriptive accounts, information on health, physical education and recreation in a number of countries around the world. After 1970, there was an increasing interest in international aspects of physical education, testimony to which was the plethora of descriptive articles contributed to professional journals by American physical educators. in the main, these articles represented information derived from observational educational or 'touristic' visits to be shared with colleagues. Generally, they were not seen to qualify as comparative research reports and reflected the broader situation of comparative studies in physical education and sport trailing behind reported research in the 'parent' area, 'comparative education'. However, some significant developments in scholarly activity were marked by two seminal texts in the field: Bennett, Howell and Simri (1975) and Riordan (1978).

A major initiative in the international development of the comparative physical education and sport domain was the formation of the International Society for Comparative Physical Education and Sport (ISCPES) in 1978, since when it has been at the forefront of the promotion of comparative physical education and sport studies. This society is a research and educational organization with the expressed purpose of supporting, encouraging and providing assistance to those seeking to initiate and strengthen research and teaching programmes in comparative 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, with this text on physical education and sport in China, has now launched a book series.

The idea of an iscpes book series originated in an initial concern about the dearth of published analytical literature in the comparative and transnational/cross-cultural domains of physical education and sport. Since the early 1970s, with few exceptions such as seminal work by Riordan, there has been

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