chapter  13
Troubling the progress and loss narratives
Insiders and outsiders, silences and omissions, signs and route-markers
ByDavid Kirk, Patricia Vertinsky
Pages 14

In higher education, even though women now number more or less equally with men in kinesiology, sport and exercise sciences, and physical education teacher education programmes, there is no distinctly female form of the field. It has indeed become scientized and masculinized, where the dominant narrative is no longer, as Vertinsky noted, education through the physical', but exercise is medicine. As the British government's 1943 White Paper on Educational Reconstruction pointed out, education in the future must be a process of widening horizons from the family to the local community to the nation and from the nation to the world. John Dewey, of course, famously argued that a successful aesthetic experience achieved physiological and psychological integration; that the aesthetic was fundamentally kinesthetic. Writing about women's colleges and universities in a global context, Kirsten Renn, 2014, asks if women's colleges still have a place in the twenty-first century.