Physical education at preschools: practitioners’ and children’s engagements with physical activity and health discourses

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/576436
Title:
Physical education at preschools: practitioners’ and children’s engagements with physical activity and health discourses
Authors:
McEvilly, Nollaig; Verheul, Martine; Atencio, Matthew
Abstract:
This paper focuses on one aspect of a qualitative study concerned with investigating the place and meaning of ‘physical education’ to practitioners and children at three preschools in Scotland. We examine the ways in which the participants engaged with discourses related to physical activity and health in order to construct their subjectivities. Fourteen practitioners and 70 children participated. Research methods employed were observations, interviews with adults, a group drawing and discussion activity with children, and interviews with children. Both the adults’ and children’s talk illustrated the dominance of neoliberal, healthism meanings which position individuals as responsible for their own health. While the children’s talk primarily centred on health as a corporeal notion, the practitioners tended to talk about physical activity and health in both corporeal terms and in relation to the self more holistically. The practitioners also talked about physical activity as a means of regulating children’s behaviour.
Affiliation:
University of Chester; The University of Edinburgh; California State University
Citation:
Nollaig McEvilly, N., Verheulb, M. & Atencioc, M. (2013). Physical education at preschools: practitioners’ and children’s engagements with physical activity and health discourses. British Journal of Sociology of Education. http://10.1080/01425692.2013.848780
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Journal:
British Journal of Sociology of Education
Publication Date:
16-Dec-2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/576436
DOI:
10.1080/01425692.2013.848780
Additional Links:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01425692.2013.848780
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in British Journal of Sociology of Education on December 2013, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/01425692.2013.848780
ISSN:
0142-5692; 1465-3346
Appears in Collections:
Sport and Exercise Sciences

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorMcEvilly, Nollaigen
dc.contributor.authorVerheul, Martineen
dc.contributor.authorAtencio, Matthewen
dc.date.accessioned2015-09-03T09:59:31Zen
dc.date.available2015-09-03T09:59:31Zen
dc.date.issued2013-12-16en
dc.identifier.citationNollaig McEvilly, N., Verheulb, M. & Atencioc, M. (2013). Physical education at preschools: practitioners’ and children’s engagements with physical activity and health discourses. British Journal of Sociology of Education. http://10.1080/01425692.2013.848780en
dc.identifier.issn0142-5692en
dc.identifier.issn1465-3346en
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/01425692.2013.848780en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/576436en
dc.descriptionThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in British Journal of Sociology of Education on December 2013, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/01425692.2013.848780en
dc.description.abstractThis paper focuses on one aspect of a qualitative study concerned with investigating the place and meaning of ‘physical education’ to practitioners and children at three preschools in Scotland. We examine the ways in which the participants engaged with discourses related to physical activity and health in order to construct their subjectivities. Fourteen practitioners and 70 children participated. Research methods employed were observations, interviews with adults, a group drawing and discussion activity with children, and interviews with children. Both the adults’ and children’s talk illustrated the dominance of neoliberal, healthism meanings which position individuals as responsible for their own health. While the children’s talk primarily centred on health as a corporeal notion, the practitioners tended to talk about physical activity and health in both corporeal terms and in relation to the self more holistically. The practitioners also talked about physical activity as a means of regulating children’s behaviour.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01425692.2013.848780en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to British Journal of Sociology of Educationen
dc.subjectphysical educationen
dc.subjectpreschoolen
dc.subjectdiscoursesen
dc.subjecthealthismen
dc.subjectneoliberalismen
dc.titlePhysical education at preschools: practitioners’ and children’s engagements with physical activity and health discoursesen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chester; The University of Edinburgh; California State Universityen
dc.identifier.journalBritish Journal of Sociology of Educationen
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