ERIC Number: ED135767
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
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Social Investigation in Physical Education and Sport.
Saunders, E.D.; White, G.B.
Sociological perspectives, concepts, and research findings provide an important set of intellectual tools to promote insights into such matters as the content of the curriculum of physical education. The intention of this book is to introduce these theoretical insights into the social processes at work in physical education classes and to give experience in the application of these to a practical understanding of this body of theory and selected practical situations. This is achieved by means of a series of 12 projects, each of which is designed to be a viable unit of study which can be carried out individually or in small groups. The projects are ordered (1) to develop a knowledge of sociological perspectives, (2) to give practice in the analysis of documentary evidence, (3) to promote experience of observing and recording behavior, (4) to provide knowledge and skill in interviewing techniques, and (5) to study behavior of groups in experimental situations. Each project examines one aspect of practice from the viewpoints of both sociology and physical education, and a distinction is made between description and analysis on the one hand and evaluation on the other. Given a particular situation, the reader is asked to (1) recognize the sociological factors at work, (2) examine them systematically and critically, and (3) discern how they affect education practice. In this way, sociology can be seen to contribute to the theory of physical education by providing basic understandings upon which rationally justified principles of practice can be based. (MM)
Descriptors: Athletics, Curriculum, Educational Sociology, Physical Education, Social Behavior, Social Science Research, Sociology, Student Attitudes
Lepus Books, Henry Kimpton, Ltd., 7 Leighton Place, Leighton Road, London NW5 2QL (5.00 English Pounds)
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