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Physical education across the international media: a five-year analysis

Hyndman, B, SueSee, B, McMaster, N, Harvey, S, Jefferson-Buchanan, R, Cruickshank, V ORCID: 0000-0002-9766-6807, Barnes, M and Pill, S 2019 , 'Physical education across the international media: a five-year analysis' , Sport, Education and Society , pp. 1-19 , doi: 10.1080/13573322.2019.1583640.

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Abstract

The message of physical education (PE) has been one of a ‘contestedground’ with regular debate around its purpose, alongside conceptualconfusions. A major channel of communication that strongly influencespublic perceptions is through mainstream media, yet how mediaplatforms have reported on the PE profession has received a scarcity ofresearch attention. The aim of this research was to investigateinternational media reporting of PE over a five-year period. To generatekey concepts and themes emerging from the international PE media(English speaking), researchers conducted a Leximancer text mininganalysis of media articles published via the Google News functionbetween January 2013 and March 2018. A PE for health discourse wasevident from across the international media reporting of PE with regularconcepts and themes focused upon the ‘physical’ including activity,health, obesity, physical activity and exercise. It was also evident thatthere were clear links between the concept of ‘physical education’ withregulatory concepts such as ‘requirements, reporting and law’. Notablethematic absences related to how PE goals can be met throughteaching, learning and programming. Unpacking conceptual andthematic insight into how the PE profession has been reported into thepublic sphere sheds light on key trends, discourses and influences thatare being communicated to the public across global contexts.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Hyndman, B and SueSee, B and McMaster, N and Harvey, S and Jefferson-Buchanan, R and Cruickshank, V and Barnes, M and Pill, S
Keywords: physical education, discourse, Leximancer
Journal or Publication Title: Sport, Education and Society
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1470-1243
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/13573322.2019.1583640
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Copyright 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

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