The study was an investigation into what is actually taught in
Physical Education lessons in schools in an inner-city education
The study investigated three main areas:
1. the background of the schools and the physical education
department within that schools context;
2. the curriculum work for years 1-5 (11-16 years) in physical
education in that school;
3. the options provided in physical education in that school.
The investigation used a mailed questionnaire. To improve accuracy,
this was carried out in three stages over the school year 1982/3 - one
questionnaire being administered each term. Follow-up interviews were
carried out of all the Heads of Physical Education Departments involved
in the work.
The Survey by Questionnaire and follow-up interview showed that
results obtained could provide an accurate insight into what is being
taught. The work was broken down into areas of experience to provide
an analysis of the balance achieved over five years of school teaching
and to enable comparisons to be made. The follow-up interviews
provided an insight into the reasons why activities were chosen for the
curriculum and a justification of their role.
A Master's Thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of M.Phil of the Loughborough University of Technology.