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ERIC Number: EJ909274
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-1356-336X
Defining, Acquiring and Transacting Cultural Capital through Assessment in Physical Education
Redelius, Karin; Hay, Peter
European Physical Education Review, v15 n3 p275-294 Oct 2009
Assessment is a powerful message system in education, but one which has not received sufficient research and critical or theoretical attention in the field of physical education. Drawing on the physical education and health (PEH) assessment experiences of 16-year-old students in the Swedish education system, the focus in this paper is on what students learn about the "purpose", "practice" and "possible consequences" of summative assessment. By studying their beliefs about grades and perceptions of the criteria for receiving a high grade in PEH, the aim is to analyse what values students comprehend and learn as important in the subject. Our conclusion is that the students learn, through and as a consequence or outcome of assessment, the valued characteristics and behaviours necessary for acquiring the institutional cultural capital of high grades, as well as information about the value of their capacities and their relative value within the field of PEH.
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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: Sweden