The research enterprise in physical education

Authored by: Thomas J. Templin , K. Andrew , R. Richards

Routledge Handbook of Physical Education Pedagogies

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138820999
eBook ISBN: 9781315743561
Adobe ISBN: 9781317589518


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Compared to some of the most established fields within the social sciences, research on teaching in physical education (PE) and physical education teacher education (PETE) is a relatively young discipline. Since its resurgence as an enterprise once described as a “dismal science” (Locke, 1977), we have witnessed expansive growth of research publication in mainstream PE or sport pedagogy journals. This research has addressed a myriad of topics linked to the study of curriculum, teaching, teachers, and teacher education in PE (Housner, Metzler, Schempp, & Templin, 2009; Kulinna, Scrabis-Fletcher, Kodish, Phillips, & Silverman, 2009; Silverman & Skonie, 1997; Ward & Ko, 2006). Journals such as Journal of Teaching in Physical Education (28 volumes), Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport (86 volumes), Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy (20 volumes), and the European Physical Education Review (21 volumes) represent some of the prominent publication outlets used by PE scholars. As an illustration of the broader reach of PE scholarship, Kulinna and her colleagues (Kulinna et al., 2009) noted 1,819 PE focused research articles within 94 journals worldwide.

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