Physical Education Defined

Year: 1998

Author: Swabey, Karen, Kirk, David, Carlson, Terry

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This paper reports on data from a larger study which seeks to investigate the events leading up to the Senate Inquiry on Physical and Sport Education (1992), the Senate Inquiry itself and consequences for school physical education. Goodson's (1987) theoretical framework underpins the investigation which aims to contribute to the profession by reaching an understanding of the way physical education is evolving in Australia and why.

This paper draws on an analysis of the Report of the Senate Inquiry and identifies the versions of physical education that are stated within the report. It is of concern, in particular, to note those aspects of physical education that are emphasised and those aspects which are marginalised. This analysis seeks to contribute more broadly to our understanding of the social construction of school knowledge.