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Health Education

ISSN: 0965-4283

Online from: 1992

Subject Area: Health Care Management/Healthcare

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Physical education and health promotion: a qualitative study of teachers’ perceptions


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Title:Physical education and health promotion: a qualitative study of teachers’ perceptions
Author(s):Ken Green, (Ken Green is a L\ecturer in the Sociology of Physical Education and Sport at the Department of Physical Education and Sports Science, Chester College of Higher Education, Chester, UK and is Editor of the European Physical Education Review.), Miranda Thurston, (Miranda Thurston is Director of the Centre for Public Health Research in Chester, UK.)
Citation:Ken Green, Miranda Thurston, (2002) "Physical education and health promotion: a qualitative study of teachers’ perceptions", Health Education, Vol. 102 Iss: 3, pp.113 - 123
Keywords:Health, Legislation, Perception, Schools, Teachers
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/09654280210426001 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:Presents the findings from semi-structured interviews with 35 physical education (PE) teachers in secondary schools in the Northwest of England. A principal aim of the study was to examine the extent to which health promotion had become a central feature of PE teachers’ ‘’philosophies” and practices. The findings indicated that the views of many teachers were heavily tinted with health-related ideological justifications for PE. Teachers not only viewed sport as a central aspect of the subject but also as the main vehicle for health promotion. The paper concludes that an ideology of sport has penetrated deeply into the core assumptions of both PE teachers and government in relation to the promotion of health through PE. Gaps between “policy” and “practice” in relation to health promotion in PE remain and these appear likely to become hardened rather than diminished by recent government policy.



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