Critical Pedagogies in Physical Education, Physical Activity and Health explores critical pedagogy – and critical work around the body, health and physical activity – within physical education. By examining the complex relationships between policies and practice, and how these are experienced by young people, it elucidates the need for critical pedagogy in contemporary times.

With contributions from leading international experts in health and physical education, and underpinned by a critical, socio-cultural approach, the book examines how health and physical education are situated across various international contexts and the influence of policy and curriculum. It explores how health is constructed by students and teachers within these contexts as well as how wider spaces and places beyond formal schooling influence learning around the body, health and physical activity. Finally, it considers what progressive pedagogies might ‘look like’ within health and physical education. Chapters utilise empirical work within the field to explore various topics of relevance to critical pedagogy, drawing on theoretical insights while providing practical applications and concluding with reflection points to encourage readers to consider the relevance for their own contexts.

Designed to support pedagogical study in a range of contexts, this book will be of particular interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students, teachers and researchers with an interest in physical education, physical activity and health and the role they play in young people’s lives.

chapter |6 pages


part Section I|60 pages

Situating health and physical education within an international context

chapter 2|13 pages

Democracy, Equity and Social Justice

The constitution of ‘health’ in Swedish physical education and health

chapter 3|13 pages

Physical Education in the US

Policy, curriculum and pedagogy

part Section II|50 pages

Exploring constructions of health within (physical) education

part Section III|46 pages

Locating places of and spaces for health

part Section IV|58 pages

Engaging with progressive pedagogies in health and physical education

chapter 11|14 pages

Health Inequalities

How and why physical education can help and hinder the equity agenda

chapter 12|12 pages

‘Transforming Ourselves’

Towards a pedagogy of love in health and physical education