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Williams, Benjamin J.; Macdonald, Doune – Sport, Education and Society, 2015
Outsourcing is a complex, controversial and pervasive practice that is increasingly becoming a matter of concern for educational researchers. This article contributes to this literature by examining outsourcing practices related to health, sport and physical education (HSPE). Specifically, it reports data on specialist health and physical…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Outsourcing, Health, Athletics
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Macdonald, Doune – Sport, Education and Society, 2015
The concept of brokering is usually aligned with a business model of an intermediary helping the customer/client with their decisions/choices. As knowledge becomes increasingly accessible, and of varied origins, quality and veracity, the number of professionals engaged in knowledge brokering is simultaneously increasing. This paper considers if…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physical Education, Physical Education Teachers, Health Education
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Pang, Bonnie; Macdonald, Doune; Hay, Peter – Sport, Education and Society, 2015
This paper examines Chinese migrant young people's lifestyles and physical activity experiences in relation to the values and cultural investments of their families in Australia. The data in this paper were taken from a larger-scale study underpinned by a critical and interpretive ethnographic method conducted in two school sites. The young…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Immigrants, Life Style, Physical Activities
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Leow, Anthony Chee Siong; Macdonald, Doune; Hay, Peter; McCuaig, Louise – Sport, Education and Society, 2014
While grappling with their traditional core business of imbuing students with official curricular knowledge, schools have simultaneously, increasing demands to take on health promotion responsibilities. This paper examines the mandated implementation of the Eat Well Be Active (EWBA) Action Plan and its subsidiary "Smart" policies in…
Descriptors: School Policy, Health Education, Eating Habits, Nutrition
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Ha, Amy S.; Macdonald, Doune; Pang, Bonnie O. H. – Sport, Education and Society, 2010
To understand the physical activity culture in the lives of Hong Kong Chinese children and their parents, 48 young people between the ages 9 and 16 and their parents, with different socio-economic backgrounds and geographical locations, were interviewed for this study. By applying Confucianism and postcolonialism, this study aimed to investigate…
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Foreign Countries, Geographic Location, Children
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Hay, Peter J.; Macdonald, Doune – Sport, Education and Society, 2010
This paper reports on a study investigating the empirical substance of Evans' proposed social construction of ability. Data were collected through text analysis of a Senior physical education (PE) syllabus, semi-structured interviews and participant observations of students and teachers in two senior secondary school contexts (one school situated…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Ability Identification, Interviews, Ability Grouping
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Lee, Jessica; Macdonald, Doune – Sport, Education and Society, 2010
This paper makes use of critical discourse analysis and Bourdieu's theoretical framework to explore rural young women's meanings of health and fitness and how the healthism discourse is perpetuated through their experiences in school physical education (PE). The young women's own meanings are explored alongside interview data from their school PE…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Obesity, Physical Activities, Health Promotion
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Macdonald, Doune; Abbott, Rebecca; Knez, Kelly; Nelson, Alison – Sport, Education and Society, 2009
"Taking exercise", whether it be recreational walking, participating in club sport, or joining in a physical education (PE) lesson, is a culturally loaded behaviour. We all see, do and talk about physical activity differently, yet, there has been relatively little research or theorising around difference in race, ethnicity, cultural…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Physical Activities, Cultural Pluralism, Indigenous Populations
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Brown, Seth; Macdonald, Doune – Sport, Education and Society, 2008
Educators have criticised vocational education in Australia and elsewhere for being gendered and classed, thereby not giving those students who choose to undertake this form of study the broadening of opportunities envisioned (e.g., Falk, 1999; Huws, 2000; Host & Michelson, 2001). Recently, the Queensland Studies Authority (formally the…
Descriptors: Universities, Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Recreation
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Macdonald, Doune; Rodger, Sylvia; Abbott, Rebecca; Ziviani, Jenny; Jones, Judy – Sport, Education and Society, 2005
There is little research that reports children's perspectives on physical activity, bodies and health. This paper, drawn from a larger multi-method study on physical activity in the lives of seven- and eight-year-old Australian children, attempts to "give a voice" to 13 children's views. Interviews focused on children's activity…
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Physical Activity Level, Foreign Countries, Young Children
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Macdonald, Doune; Rodger, Sylvia; Ziviani, Jenny; Jenkins, David; Batch, Jenny; Jones, Judy – Sport, Education and Society, 2004
While questions of children's engagement in physical activity are being widely debated, little is known about how physical activity is valued and managed within families. This paper reports on qualitative data from a multi-method study on lower primary aged children. The focus of the broader study was to determine the relationships between young…
Descriptors: Family Environment, Physical Activity Level, Elementary School Students, Family Influence