Tinning, Richard (2012). Forward. In Fiona Dowling, Hayley Fitzgerald and Anne Flintoff (Ed.), Equity and Difference in Physical Education, Youth Sport and Health: A Narrative Approach (pp. xiii-xvii) Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Routledge.
...In my view this collection provides powerful insights into some of these traces, or at least how they develop. These stories have the potential to create empathy in the reader which, in turn, might lead to more thoughtful pedagogical practice. As I have argued elsewhere (see Tinning 2010), the stories we tell of pedagogy in health and physical education (HPE) and youth sport all do pedagogical work by virtue of their substance (what they are about) and the genre used to tell the story. This book puts considerable ‘flesh’ around this claim. Pedagogical work is not only done through the content, it is also done through the voice or rhetorical style used to convey the content. Such pedagogical work cannot be predicted with any certainty; however, like the editors and contributing authors to this collection, I believe that the chances of genuine praxis (informed, committed action) will be enhanced by such engagement. In terms of deepening our understandings of issues of (in)equity and difference in physical education, youth sport and health, Equity and Difference in Physical Education, Youth Sport and Health: A Narrative Approach is indeed both timely and important.