chapter  2
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Locating primary Physical Education

Many books examining Physical Education begin with chapters seeking to distil the essence of what is meant by Physical Education. For each of these books yet another definition is added to the pile and we are not arguably any the wiser in our understanding. In lay terms Capel and Whitehead (2012: 4) indicate that Physical Education simply ‘means different things to different people’. This is perhaps unsurprising when one reads the work of Gallie (1968) and discovers that the nature of Physical Education meets the criteria for that of an essentially contested concept.