The poverty of theory: Class configurations in the discourse of physical education and health (PEH)

Evans, John and Davies, Brian (2008) The poverty of theory: Class configurations in the discourse of physical education and health (PEH). Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 13 2: 199-213. doi:10.1080/17408980701852571

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Author Evans, John
Davies, Brian
Title The poverty of theory: Class configurations in the discourse of physical education and health (PEH)
Journal name Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1740-8989
1742-5786
Publication date 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/17408980701852571
Volume 13
Issue 2
Start page 199
End page 213
Total pages 15
Place of publication Abingdon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Formatted abstract
 Background: At the heart of this polemic1 lies the view that contemporary research in PE and Health (PEH) has largely overlooked one of the key determinants of social behaviour, social class and its expression in and outside schools; an omission that has quite serious consequences for how we (researchers and teachers) think about and conceptualise the purposes of PE in schools and what it can, and can not, achieve. 
Purpose: Class matters we argue, and unless it is returned to centre stage in research and professionals debate in PEH we are unlikely to achieve either balanced or complex understandings of what PEH is for, what achievements and 'abilities' are to be valued and what we as researchers and teachers can reasonably be expected to achieve.
Keyword Health
Physical education
Social class
Social justice
Theory
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes This paper was presented as the 2005 Scholar paper for the British Educational Research Association Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy Special Interest Group

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