Handbook of Physical Education
- David Kirk - Queen Margaret College, Scotland, Society for Peace, Security and Development Studies, Allahabad, India
- Doune Macdonald - University of Queensland, Australia
- Mary O'Sullivan - University of Limerick, Ireland
Physical Education | Sport & Leisure Studies (General)
`This Handbook is a "must read" for all physical educators who are serious about understanding their subject and developing their practices. The list of authors involved reads like a "who's who"' of physical education at a global level - the editors are to be commended on bringing together such collective expertise - this is a key strength of the book. The Handbook successfully expresses a view of knowledge about physical education pedagogy which embraces different research traditions and emerging areas of interest across the global scholarly community' - Jo Harris, Loughborough University
`This comprehensive and eclectic exploration into the field of physical education draws on the vast expertise of its renowned international contributors with astounding results. The Handbook of Physical Education serves to firmly reinstate physical education to its position as the core discipline of sport and exercise science. The Handbook is destined to become an indispensable academic resource for scholars, students and enthusiasts of physical education for years to come' - Pilvikki Heikinaro-Johansson, University of Jyväskylä
What is the current condition of the field of physical education? How has it adapted to the rise of kinesiology, sport and exercise science and human movement studies over the last thirty years?
This Handbook provides an authoritative critical overview of the field and identifies future challenges and directions.
The Handbook is divided in to six parts:
- Perspectives and Paradigms in Physical Education Pedagogy Research;
- Cross-disciplinary Contributions to Research on Physical Education;
- Learners and Learning in Physical Education;
- Teachers, Teaching and Teacher Education in Physical Education;
- Physical Education Curriculum;
- Difference and Diversity in Physical Education.
This benchmark work is essential reading for educators and students in the field of physical education.
`This is simply the physical education book of its time. The editors must be congratulated on bringing together so many quality authors from so many different parts of the world. As a handbook, it represents how far the study of physical education has moved forward in recent times. What we have is a clear portrayal of physical education at the start of the 21st century' - Mike Jess, University of Edinburgh
"Inclusive and international in scope, the volume collects essays by contributors from around the world who work in education, dance, kinesiology, physical education and related fields."
An excellent resource, with a wide range of subjects included. Gives students an understanding of the key aspects, with opportunities to explore further
A text for students to 'dip into' to extend their knowledge of some important and relevant aspects of research and literature in Physical Education. It will support the students emerging understanding of physical education pedagogy.
This book is the best handbook for any student or scholar of physical education. Each of the six sections provides a clearly written insight into the current/contemporary issues as they relate to physical education. I would endorse and echo the comments made by the reviewers which appear on the back cover of the text. I think that the paperback version provides excellent value for money and I have noticed that those students who have engaged with the contents of the handbook have been able to contribute to seminar and tutorials in very informed and insightful ways. I hope that there will be a second edition in the near future as there are developments in education across the globe that could be reflected in the next edition which would aid the scholarship and understanding of physical education.
Very Good diverse book with a fantastic range of authors
well documented and set out presentation
comprehensive coverage of wide ranging areas for consideration
will be able to contribute to a range of modules studied across the degree programme
A key supplementary textbook for Level 6 students. A detailed critical analysis of PE on a global level.
If students were to be recommended only purchasing one book for their whole course, it would be this one. It is relevant to every single module across all three years of the degree. It is relevant to M Level and PhD. Even though the chapters (articles) are all available elsewhere, it is the collected nature that makes it an essential purchase. From history, philosophy, different research paradigms through to teachers' beliefs and knowledge, and onto gender and disability. There is something of interest here to every PE scholar. One of the best handbooks I have come across in any discipline.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 2.1: Philosophy and Physical Education