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Penney, D 2000 , 'Physical education, sporting excellence and educational excellence' , European Physical Education Review, vol. 6, no. 2 , pp. 135-150 , doi: 10.1177/1356336X000062003.

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This paper explores the relationship between excellence in the context of physical
education (and the National Curriculum for Physical Education (NCPE) in England, in
particular) and excellence in sport. The ways in which progression and excellence are
defined in the ‘official texts’ of the NCPE are examined. It is argued that discourses
of performance in sport strongly ‘frame’ these definitions, while the notion of
educational excellence remains apparently underdeveloped in the context of physical
education. The processes of policy development, the structure of curricula and the
histories (personal and collective) of the subject and profession are identified as critical
influences (and origins of strong discursive frames) that collectively reinforce a
direct association between excellence in physical education and excellence in sport.
Parallel texts, associated with another subject (music), are examined to highlight possibilities
for the development of alternative understandings and definitions of achievement
and excellence in physical education, informed by and privileging educational

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Penney, D
Keywords: excellence · national curriculum · physical education · sport
Journal or Publication Title: European Physical Education Review
ISSN: 1356-336X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1177/1356336X000062003
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