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Reid on knowledge and justification in Physical Education

By S.J. Parry


[FIRST PARAGRAPHS]\ud To my knowledge, very little has been written on the educational justification of PE activities for the last decade. Since PE now does have a place on the National Curriculum, albeit arguably a minor one, the justification issue does seem to have been put on the back burner by the profession.\ud \ud In a recent and welcome addition to the literature, Reid revisits the debate, outlining two ‘conventional assumptions’ made by what he calls the ‘new orthodoxy’ in PE:\ud \ud 1.\ud The ‘early Hirstian’ account3, which sees knowledge as propositional, and education as academic.\ud When applied to PE, this suggests:\ud \ud 2.\ud The distinction between practical performance and the ‘theory’ related to it - i.e. the propositional knowledge of Human Movement Science (HMS).\ud \ud The paper is a critique of these two assumptions, and a defence of the claim that PE ‘can indeed satisfy the knowledge requirements of education; but ... without making claims to academic significance’ (p95).\ud \u

Publisher: Sage Publications
Year: 1998
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