Making a difference? Education and 'ability' in physical education

Evans, John (2003). Making a difference? Education and 'ability' in physical education. In: NZARE AARE Conference 2003 : Educational Research, Risks, & Dilemmas, Hyatt Regency Hotel University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, (). 29 November - 3 December, 2003.


Author Evans, John
Title of paper Making a difference? Education and 'ability' in physical education
Conference name NZARE AARE Conference 2003 : Educational Research, Risks, & Dilemmas
Conference location Hyatt Regency Hotel University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Conference dates 29 November - 3 December, 2003
Place of Publication Auckland, New Zealand
Publisher Australian Association for Educational Research
Publication Year 2003
ISSN 1176-4902
Language eng
Abstract/Summary This paper brings a speculative, sociological perspective to the nature of ‘ability’ in physical education (PE) and asks why this aspect of embodiment, with notable exceptions, has received so little critical attention in the professional discourse of PE and associated research in recent years. It is suggested that thinking about ‘ability’ has become a taken for granted absent presence in the discursive practices of PE in the UK that variously helps configure attitudes towards the body, a sense of status, value, distinction, inclusion/exclusion and embodied self. Drawing on ideas from the theoretical work of Bernstein and Bourdieu the paper raises a number of issues about the ways in which ‘ability’ is constructed within the disciplines that feed the various subcultures of the PE profession, influencing teaching in schools and teacher education. The paper suggests that unless greater attention is given to ‘physical education’, rather than the interests of sport and health, the profession is unlikely to make an impact either on the ‘abilities’ or other culturally informed differences that children and young people bring to schools.
Subjects 130210 Physical Education and Development Curriculum and Pedagogy
Keyword Education - Research - Congresses
Physical education
Sport and health
Ability
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

 
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