Equal opportunities and physical education

Bruce Carrington, Oliver Leaman

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There would appear to be little problem in defining what equal opportunities represents in most areas of the curriculum. Notwithstanding this, however, teachers concerned to develop and implement an equal opportunities policy in physical education (PE) should recognize that sex differences in both performance and participation are, in part, socially and historically conditioned and that the bodies of school children are no more tabulae rasae than their minds. An equal opportunities policy in PE will need to take account of these and other sex differences in socialization. When implementing an equal opportunities policy in PE, staff will need to respond to this and other related issues. Obviously, staff committed to the goal of equal opportunities will need to show sensitivity to this and related issues. Int is worth saying, though, that some approaches to physical education teaching make equal opportunities far more likely than others.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhysical Education, Sport and Schooling
Subtitle of host publicationStudies in the Sociology of Physical Education
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781315410883
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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