Was Physical Education as bad as people remember it?

Elliott, Anne ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0478-6421, Volante, Margaret, Evans, Tim, Watt, John ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9771-4442 and Cohen, Rhonda ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8611-4559 (2021) Was Physical Education as bad as people remember it? Dancs, H., Whyte, I. and Gaillard, J., eds. The e-Book of Abstracts of the 13th International Christmas Sport Scientific Conference. In: The INSHS 13th International Christmas Sports Scientific Conference, 01-03 Dec 2021, Hungary (online). e-ISBN 9786155753916. [Conference or Workshop Item]

[img] PDF (e-book of abstracts) - Published version (with publisher's formatting)
Restricted to Repository staff and depositor only

Download (505kB)


Observations of middle aged to retired clients in Personal Training practices in London UK, surfaced two themes; exercise-averse individuals with sedentary leisure and work pursuits reported poor experiences of physical education in secondary (high) school, whereas more active clients reported positive reflections. This instigated a systematic examination of contemporaneous documents and literature, which sought to explain the context of this reality. Five major themes emerged: The politico-educational environment from the 1960’s to the 1970’s, the parallel experience of maths anxiety, teaching practice, navigating failure and economic implications. Evidence suggests why the behaviour of a generation has been impacted; a post-war hierarchical social order undergoing profound change, poor pedagogic practices in which the less able found themselves suffering everything from corporal punishment to physical embarrassment and response models to failure predict clients’ later behaviours. The research findings substantiate the claims of clients’ memories of negative experiences with physical education at secondary school. The research concludes that the socio- economic costs associated with such past failures in PE are estimated to exceed £6 billion over the life of a contemporary five-year UK government and have clear social and economic implications for other developed democracies.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Presentation)
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > London Sport Institute
Item ID: 34797
Useful Links:
Depositing User: Anne Elliott
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2022 15:19
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 17:39
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/34797

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Activity Overview
6 month trend
6 month trend

Additional statistics are available via IRStats2.