Policy, pedagogy and the politics of the body and health

Year: 2002

Author: Penney, Dawn, Harris, Jo

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This paper will interrogate ways in which 'the body' and health have been represented and constructed through contemporary policies relating to physical education and health in schools. Focusing on England but drawing on comparable developments elsewhere, it will explore the discursive boundaries inherent in 'official' texts and in teachers' texts arising in implementation; the origins of the boundaries identified; and their implications for children's developing understanding of healthy activities and healthy bodies. In so doing it will highlight the key linkages between the texts and contemporary educational and sporting agendas. Finally it will consider the role of pedagogy in challenging current boundaries of legitimate knowledge and extending understandings amongst teachers and pupils about bodies, health and physical education.