Brokering and bridging knowledge in health and physical education: a critical discourse analysis of one external provider’s curriculum

Sperka, L., Enright, E. and McCuaig, L. (2017) Brokering and bridging knowledge in health and physical education: a critical discourse analysis of one external provider’s curriculum. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 23 3: 328-343. doi:10.1080/17408989.2017.1406465

Author Sperka, L.
Enright, E.
McCuaig, L.
Title Brokering and bridging knowledge in health and physical education: a critical discourse analysis of one external provider’s curriculum
Journal name Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1740-8989
Publication date 2017-11-29
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/17408989.2017.1406465
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 23
Issue 3
Start page 328
End page 343
Total pages 16
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 3304 Education
2732 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
3612 Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
Abstract Background: There has been a proliferation of external agencies ‘knocking on the door’ of, and being welcomed into, Health and Physical Education (HPE). This opens HPE up to new products, partners, and services. Although scholarship on the practice of outsourcing HPE is steadily growing in quantity and in scope, there is a significant gap in the literature around how external providers (or outsourcers) of HPE interpret the curriculum, and how this translates into certain kinds of products and services. Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to critically analyse one external provider’s interpretations of the curriculum and of the roles of key pedagogical agents and stakeholders (e.g. HPE teachers and students), as well as their translation of these interpretations into particular kinds of products and services. This is achieved through a critical discourse analysis (CDA) of Tennis Australia’s Tennis in Secondary School (TSS) Program teacher resources and interviews with key employees of Tennis Australia. Methods: The larger study from which this paper draws is a network ethnography of the external provision of HPE. TSS was selected as a case study in the initial web-audit undertaken as part of this network ethnography. The criteria which resulted in the selection of TSS as a case study were: the utilisation of educational language within product descriptions or marketing, provision of services to a significant number of schools, and a rationale for services that included a contribution to HPE. A CDA was undertaken on the TSS advertising, product materials, teacher resources, and the transcripts of semi-structured interviews conducted with three employees of the organisation. Findings: Tennis Australia markets an explicit alignment between their TSS Program and the Australian Curriculum: HPE (AC:HPE). For example, teacher resources are structured to include a ‘Learning Intention’ (i.e. a curriculum content descriptor); ‘Focus Questions and Teaching Points’ (i.e. pedagogical styles); and ‘Success Criteria’ (i.e. self-described ‘assessment criteria’). Significantly, however, there were several tensions and gaps in their interpretations and understandings of the AC:HPE and their approaches to pedagogy and assessment within the subject. Conclusion: External agencies, such as Tennis Australia, are becoming increasingly sophisticated at marketing their products in relation to HPE curricula. Rather than divesting or relieving teachers of curriculum decision-making and design responsibility, however, we argue that these efforts from external agencies mean that now, more than ever, teachers need to recognise, articulate, and enact their pedagogical and curriculum expertise. This will allow teachers to better broker, bridge, and translate knowledge and ensure that HPE remains an educative experience.
Keyword boundary spanner
external providers
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID DP140102607
Institutional Status UQ

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