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ERIC Number: EJ1069705
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 70
ISSN: ISSN-1356-336X
Insideness and Outsideness: An Autoethnography of a Primary Physical Education Specialist Teacher
Brooks, Caroline; Thompson, Maree Dinan
European Physical Education Review, v21 n3 p325-339 Aug 2015
The purpose of this study is to provide an authentic and legitimate voice to the physical education (PE) specialist teacher in the primary school and to give an insight into professional knowledge. An autoethnographic approach has been used to invite readers to enter my world of the primary PE specialist teacher and observe and respond to its social and cultural practices. Teacher professionalism as a cultural practice is defined, perceived and enacted in different ways over the three years I spent as a primary PE specialist teacher. The places and spaces in which primary PE operates are investigated using the conceptual framework of Relph's "Place and Placelessness." I found myself both in and out of places and spaces that raised questions about the role of the primary PE specialist teacher, the issue of non-contact time in Queensland schools, the influence of performance cultures and the possibility (or not) for enacting an activist democratic professionalism.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia