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ERIC Number: EJ1050634
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1357-3322
Playing the "Race" Card? Black and Minority Ethnic Students' Experiences of Physical Education Teacher Education
Flintoff, Anne
Sport, Education and Society, v20 n2 p190-211 2015
This paper reports on a study that explored black and minority ethnic (BME) students' experiences of physical education teacher education (PETE) in England. Widening the ethnic diversity of those choosing to enter the teaching profession has been a key policy objective of the Training and Development Agency--the government agency responsible for teacher education-for some years. However PETE programmes, designed to produce specialist physical education (PE) teachers to work with secondary age (11-18 years) pupils, reveal significant and enduring levels of under-representation of BME candidates, compared to other subject specialisms. The study reported here used semi-structured interviews and questionnaires with 25 BME participants from five universities involved in PETE in England. The findings show that BME PETE students share many of the characteristics with their White counterparts, being young, sporty and with a desire to improve PE experiences for future generations. However, in other ways, their experiences reveal the significance of "race" ethnicity, and religion and how these are interwoven with gender to position them as "other" in PETE spaces and within schools. Skin colour and religious dress were significant to stereotyping and everyday interactions that served to position them as "out of place", particularly evident in practical activity sessions and on teaching placements. "Race" and ethnicity as part of their professional education was at best a marginalised discourse, at worse, reproduced a deficit perspective of BME pupils' and their schooling. The paper concludes by arguing for a critical analysis of the construction of Whiteness through PETE.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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