Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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Canadian Scholars
352 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
May 2016
Print ISBN: 9781551308944


The physical education classroom can be a site of discomfort for young people who occupy marginalized identities, and a place where the normative beliefs and teaching practices of educators can act as a barrier to their inclusion. This timely edited collection challenges pre-service and in-service teachers to examine the pedagogical practices and assumptions that work to exclude students with intersecting and diverse identities from full participation in physical and health education.

The contributors to this volume—who consist of both experienced and emerging scholars from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand—approach their topics from a range of social justice perspectives and interpretations. Covering a variety of areas including (dis)ability, gender, sexuality, race, social class, and religion, Social Justice in Physical Education promotes a broader understanding of the sociocultural, political, and institutional practices and assumptions that underlie current physical education teaching.

Each chapter encourages the creation of more culturally relevant and inclusive pedagogy, policy, and practice, and the discussion questions invite readers to engage in critical reflection. Mapping a better way forward for physical and health education, this text will be an invaluable resource for courses on social justice, diversity, inclusive education, and physical education pedagogy.

Table of Contents


An Introduction to Social Justice in Physical Education: Critical Reflections and Pedagogies for Change
Lynn Randall and Daniel B. Robinson

Chapter 1: "I Guess People Are More Attracted to White People than Black People"
Shedding Light on Racial Prejudice, Misrepresentation, and (In)Visibility of Ethnic Minority Bodies
Laura Azzarito, Mara Simon, and Risto Marttinen

Chapter 2: Culturally Relevant Strategies for Inclusion of Hispanic Students in Physical Education
Luis Columna, Michelle Dolphin, and Lindsay McCabe

Chapter 3: Towards a Critical Discourse on the Black Experience in Canada and the United States
Implications for Physical Education
Brian Culp and Martha James-Hassan

Chapter 4: Girls and Physical Education: New Starting Points for Critical Pedagogy
Eimear Enright and Louise McCuaig

Chapter 5: Rethinking "Straight Pedagogy"
Gender, Sexuality, and Physical Education
Katie Fitzpatrick and Hayley McGlashan

Chapter 6: Looking Over Our Shoulders
Disability in Physical Education from a Critical Perspective
William Harvey

Chapter 7: Seeking the Fountain of Mental Health in Physical Education?
William Harvey, Marie Varriano, and Shawn Wilkinson

Chapter 8: Indigenous Bodies: Ordinary Lives
Brendan Hokowhitu

Chapter 9: Engaging with Issues of Social Class in Physical and Health Education
LeAnne Petherick

Chapter 10: (Un)Holy Spaces: A Consideration of Religious Minorities in Health and Physical Education
Daniel B. Robinson and Lynn Randall

Chapter 11: Exploring the Issues Faced by Immigrant Students in Physical Education
Amanda Stanec, Jennifer Bhalla, and James Mandigo

Chapter 12: Trans*, Intersex, and Cisgender Issues in Physical Education and Sport
Heather Sykes and Christopher Smith

Chapter 13: Critical Pedagogy, Physical Education, and Obesity Discourse
More Advocacy than Pedagogy
Richard Tinning, Rod Philpot, and Erin Cameron

Contributor Biographies


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