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Title: Performance pedagogy at play: Pupils perspectives on primary PE
Authors: Stirrup, Julie
Keywords: Physical education
Pedagogy
Outsourcing
Ability
Pedagogic device
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: STIRRUP, J., 2018. Performance pedagogy at play: Pupils perspectives on primary PE. Sport, Education and Society, Doi: 10.1080/13573322.2018.1554562
Abstract: Physical education (PE) in England, has historically been and is increasingly seen as a subject in which political agendas can and are being enacted (Penney, 2008) as health, sport and /or leisure agendas compete for space against educational aspirations (Houlihan and Green, 2006). Against this backdrop, in 2012, the UK Government announced the launch of ‘Primary PE and Sport Premium’ (PPESP) funding (amounting to £450 million) for English primary schools, initially for three years (although later extended). Drawing on the theoretical work of Basil Bernstein, particularly his concepts, ‘pedagogic device’ (PD) and ‘classification’ (c) and ‘framing’ (f), this paper sets out to explore how, in a neo liberal outsourced world of primary physical education (PPE), pupils construct knowledge of PE. The analyses illustrate how a performance pedagogy appears to dominate the school setting this research took place in. There was a clear focus on sport rather than PE which in turns impacted how pupils saw PE and construct understandings of ability linked to PE, raising questions over the future direction of the subject.
Description: This paper is closed access until 04/06/2020.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/13573322.2018.1554562
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/36282
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/13573322.2018.1554562
ISSN: 1357-3322
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