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ERIC Number: EJ990090
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-0270-1367
Physical Education "in All Sorts of Corners:" Student Activists Transgressing Formal Physical Education Curricular Boundaries
Enright, Eimear; O'Sullivan, Mary
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, v83 n2 p255-267 Jun 2012
The data for this paper were generated during a 3-year, participatory action research project, with 41 female coresearchers and activists ages 15-19 years old, within and beyond the walls of a secondary school. The two questions we sought to answer were (a) what happens when we engage with students to challenge formal physical education curricular boundaries and connect with students' physical culture; and (b) what are the benefits and the challenges associated with engaging in this sort of practical activism? The findings suggest that a boundary-crossing approach to physical education can facilitate students in finding their own meanings in physical education and physical activity. Supporting boundary-crossing practices is, however, a time- and thought-intensive pedagogical design, which will be challenging for many physical education teachers. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland