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ERIC Number: EJ909433
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1356-336X
Incompatible? Compulsory Mixed-Sex Physical Education Initial Teacher Training (PEITT) and the Inclusion of Muslim Women: A Case-Study on Seeking Solutions
Benn, Tansin; Dagkas, Symeon
European Physical Education Review, v12 n2 p181-200 Jun 2006
This article addresses the tensions between Islamic requirements and state provision in physical education initial teacher training (PEITT). Physical education has a firm place in teacher training in England because of its status as a National Curriculum foundation subject which guarantees entitlement for all children. The recruitment and retention of ethnic minority teachers have been a national concern for many years and yet remain an under-researched area. Rising numbers of young Muslims, the majority of whom are of South Asian heritage, led to initiatives for attracting more trainees from this group into higher education. In England, the century-old provision of single-sex specialist physical education secondary training (for 11-18-year-olds) finally disappeared by the mid-1980s. Primary PEITT (for 5-11-year-olds) has traditionally been organized in mixed-sex groups. Therefore the current higher education training system for intending teachers provides only compulsory mixed-sex provision in PEITT at every level. The authors argue that the current situation excludes Muslim women who wish to enter the teaching profession and adhere to Islamic requirements. They recount a case study in one university that tracks policy development to make single-sex physical education available to Muslim women on a tradition ally mixed-sex primary course.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)