Start young: The possibilities of primary physical education

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While primary physical education has received increasing attention recently, this chapter suggests little of this attention stems from the subject’s perceived educational value. As such, it argues the need for a transformative agenda based on the belief that primary physical education is a complex and holistic educational endeavour that functions at three inter-related levels: as a subject area, integrating across the primary school curriculum and also acting as a catalyst for engagement in a physically active life. Re-orienting the curriculum, pedagogy and teacher’s professional learning, alongside a ‘shifting perspectives’ agenda are presented as ways forward for the subject area.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransformative Learning and Teaching in Physical Education
EditorsMalcolm Thorburn
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781315625492
ISBN (Print)9781138650183
Publication statusPublished - 13 Apr 2017

Publication series

NameRoutledge Research in Education

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