Sport-based physical education

Authored by: Peter A. Hastie , Isabel Mesquita

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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If we were to gather a group of experts in sport pedagogy and ask them to word associate with the term “games in physical education,” perhaps the most common response would be “double-edged sword.” On one side, results from surveys of students across various countries with respect to their overall enjoyment of physical education (PE), show an overwhelming preference for time spent on sport activities (Hill & Hannon, 2008; Smith & St. Pierre, 2009). These data support those from previous studies (e.g., McKenzie, Alcaraz, & Sallis, 1994) that also indicate a much greater preference by students for game play compared with fitness activities.

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