Curriculum, in New Zealand Physical Education

Year: 2003

Author: Petrie, Kirsten

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Abstract:
This paper investigates how social hierarchies, as one aspect of a hidde n curriculum associated with physical educat ion, contribute to gender construction within co-educational secondary schools in the New Zealand context . It stems from a broader study, investigating how teacher beliefs , prog ammes and practices contribute to gender construction within co-educational secondary schools in the Canterbury region. In this paper I explore how physical education supports the replication and legitimisation of socially desirable forms of masculinity and femininity . It is in essence, acritique of the ways in which school physical educat ion and the hierarchies that exist within it draw on and reinforced ominant discourses of gender, and the effects this has on both males and female s.

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