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ERIC Number: EJ1015057
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1356-336X
The Reproduction of Biological "Race" through Physical Education Textbooks and Curriculum
McDonald, Brent
European Physical Education Review, v19 n2 p183-198 Jun 2013
This paper examines the usage of "race" in high school physical education textbooks in Australia. In particular, it examines the concept of biological "race" in connection with human performance in sport. DNA studies do not indicate that separate classifiable subspecies (races) exist within modern humans. A content analysis of physical education textbooks in Australia suggests that they are sites that continue to perpetuate myths of "race" and the "science" related to it. As such the utilization of biological "race" as a variable for athletic performance naturalizes embedded biases, is anti-scientific and is potentially indicative of other racist practices within education. Further this commonsense understanding of biological "race" continues to develop uncritically and unchecked. University students in the fields of exercise science and physical education generally develop from students who excelled in high school physical education (PE). The power of curriculum and pedagogy result in the reproduction of biological "race" that has become reified in the field of physical education. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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