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ERIC Number: EJ1073746
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0142-5692
Physical Education at Preschools: Practitioners' and Children's Engagements with Physical Activity and Health Discourses
McEvilly, Nollaig; Verheul, Martine; Atencio, Matthew
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v36 n6 p832-852 2015
This paper focuses on one aspect of a qualitative study concerned with investigating the place and meaning of "physical education" to practitioners and children at three preschools in Scotland. We examine the ways in which the participants engaged with discourses related to physical activity and health in order to construct their subjectivities. Fourteen practitioners and 70 children participated. Research methods employed were observations, interviews with adults, a group drawing and discussion activity with children, and interviews with children. Both the adults' and children's talk illustrated the dominance of neoliberal, healthism meanings that position individuals as responsible for their own health. While the children's talk primarily centred on health as a corporeal notion, the practitioners tended to talk about physical activity and health in both corporeal terms and in relation to the self more holistically. The practitioners also talked about physical activity as a means of regulating children's behaviour.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)