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ERIC Number: EJ960414
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
ISSN: ISSN-1357-3322
Health and Wellbeing: A Policy Context for Physical Education in Scotland
Horrell, Andrew; Sproule, John; Gray, Shirley
Sport, Education and Society, v17 n2 p163-180 2012
The "Curriculum for Excellence" (CfE) guidelines and associated learning experiences and outcomes have been developed following a national debate on the purposes of education in Scotland. The recent development shifts physical education's (PE) role in Scottish education, changing from contributing to the "Expressive Arts" area of the curriculum, to one central to the newly created curriculum area of "Health and wellbeing" in the CfE. This paper provides an analysis of the broader policy context at national and global levels examining the policy developments for PE in Scotland situating them within a globalised discourse emphasising concerns about ill-health and obesity within society. Drawing on the work of Bowe et al., the paper examines the "context of production" and the "context of influence" that has contributed to the recent development of "Health and wellbeing" within the CfE. It is argued that the role for PE and the focus on schools promoting daily physical activity within the CfE masks the complexity of addressing the issues of health and well-being. In conclusion it is highlighted that in the interpretation and implementation of policy there will be further issues for PE and as yet unknown consequences for the "context of practice" and pupils' experiences of PE in Scotland. (Contains 1 table and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)