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Physical education, sporting excellence and educational excellence


Penney, D, Physical education, sporting excellence and educational excellence, European Physical Education Review, 6, (2) pp. 135-150. ISSN 1356-336X (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1177/1356336X000062003


This paper explores the relationship between excellence in the context of physical education (and the National Curriculum for Physical Education (NCPE) in England, in particular) and excellence in sport. The ways in which progression and excellence are defined in the ‘official texts’ of the NCPE are examined. It is argued that discourses of performance in sport strongly ‘frame’ these definitions, while the notion of educational excellence remains apparently underdeveloped in the context of physical education. The processes of policy development, the structure of curricula and the histories (personal and collective) of the subject and profession are identified as critical influences (and origins of strong discursive frames) that collectively reinforce a direct association between excellence in physical education and excellence in sport. Parallel texts, associated with another subject (music), are examined to highlight possibilities for the development of alternative understandings and definitions of achievement and excellence in physical education, informed by and privileging educational discourses. © 2000, SAGE Publications. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Curriculum and pedagogy not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Policies and development
UTAS Author:Penney, D (Professor Dawn Penney)
ID Code:48966
Year Published:2000
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2007-11-20
Last Modified:2011-10-04

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