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Physical Activities and Their Relation to Physical Education: A 200-Year Perspective and Future Challenges
Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH, Department of Sport and Health Sciences, Forskningsgruppen för pedagogik, idrott och fritidskultur.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1298-8186
Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH, Department of Sport and Health Sciences, Åstrand Laboratory of Work Physiology, The Research Unit for Movement, Health and Environment.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3547-425X
2013 (English)In: The Global Journal of Health and Physical Education Pedagogy, ISSN 2160-2570, Vol. 2, no 1, 1-16 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this macrolevel overview, a model of the multiplicity of the field of bodily movement cultures is initially presented. The model is then used to illuminate how different bodily movement practices emerged over time, became embedded, remained, faded, or disappeared in the world’s oldest physical education teacher education (PETE) program. Through thiscontinuity and discontinuity of practices, five distinct phases are identified, although sometimes intertwined, and their contextual background is described. The first phase is characterized by the establishment of Ling gymnastics from the early 19thcentury and by its fall in the 20thcentury. The next phase started in the late 19thcentury and dealt with the introduction of sportsand outdoor life. During a third phase, sports became the dominating movement practice. The fourth phase is related to the rise and fall of a separate female gymnastics culture during the 20thcentury. The fifth phase is characterized by the introduction of everyday life physical activities at the beginning of the new millennium. The overview is followed by reflections on the future content of bodily movement practices and sought-after values in PETE and physical education in the school system.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Urbana, IL, USA, 2013. Vol. 2, no 1, 1-16 p.
Keyword [en]
physical education, physical culture, bodily movement practice, legitimacy, logic of practice, gymnastics, sport, everyday life physical activities, outdoor life
National Category
Sport and Fitness Sciences
Research subject
Social Sciences/Humanities
URN: urn:nbn:se:gih:diva-2569OAI: diva2:579214
Available from: 2012-12-19 Created: 2012-12-19 Last updated: 2016-02-25Bibliographically approved

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