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Penney, D and Chandler, T 2000 , 'Physical Education: What Future(s)?' , Sport, Education and Society, vol. 5, no. 1 , pp. 71-87 , doi: 10.1080/135733200114442.

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This paper seeks to prompt professional debate about the future of physical education and, specifically,
the form that curricula should take in rapidly changing times and societies. Arguments focus upon a reorientation and restructuring of the subject to address educational needs and interests relevant to the 21st century. The current revision of the National Curriculum for Physical Education in England and Wales is used as a basis from which to present a case for a distinctly new orientation to be reflected in the design of PE curricula, units of work and lessons. The work of Bernstein and Young is utilised in deconstructing long-established practices and outlining their potential reconstruction in ways that are informed by, and express, a 'critical pedagogy for social justice' [Fernandez-Balboa (1997) Critical Post Modernism in Human Movement, Physical Education and Sport (New York, State
University of New York Press)]. A curriculum framework privileging learning achieved in and via activity
contexts, as compared to learning of activities, is presented. The developments that are proposed are identified as highly challenging but arguably long overdue in physical education, and as matters of relevance to international professional communities, not only those in England and Wales.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Penney, D and Chandler, T
Journal or Publication Title: Sport, Education and Society
ISSN: 1357-3322
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/135733200114442
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