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Beyond the Boundaries of Physical Education


reviewed by David Kirk 2002

coverTitle: Beyond the Boundaries of Physical Education
Author(s): Anthony Laker
Publisher: Falmer Press, London
ISBN: 0750709308, Pages: 144, Year: 2000
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Beyond the Boundaries of Physical Education appears at a time when scholars have begun to ask searching questions about the future of physical education in public schools. Some reports go as far as to suggest that physical education is in crisis and increasingly is being marginalized within the school curriculum. The glamour of media sport, the discovery of the postmodern body, the traditionalism of teachers and the ever-present squeeze on curriculum time have all been proposed as sources of the crisis. For Laker, the causes of this crisis are that physical educators have for too long clung to a now outmoded traditional role as expert teachers of sports skills, while the emerging need in troubled times is for physical education to contribute to "the complete development of the individual." Laker argues that "disturbing and menacing cultural misdemeanors" overshadow us as we enter the new millennium. In the face of rising social violence and drug abuse, physical education, he contends, can help develop important and desirable social and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 1, 2002, p. 44-47
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10758, Date Accessed: 8/20/2017 12:17:26 AM

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  • David Kirk
    Loughborough University
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    David Kirk is Beckwith Professor of Youth Sport at Loughborough University and Honorary Professor of Human Movement Studies at the University of Queensland. Professor Kirk contributes regularly to the scholarly literature on curriculum studies, physical education, and youth sport. His most recent book is Schooling Bodies: School Practice and Public Discourse, 1880-1950 (Leicester University Press, 1998). He is European editor of the Journal of Curriculum Studies.
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