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Att lära sig hälsa
Örebro University, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8748-8843
2006 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this dissertation is to contribute to an understanding of the subject content in Physical Education (PE) foremost from a health perspective. By using an approach deriving from John Dewey’s transactional perspective on meaningmaking (Bentley & Dewey 1949), and a discourse theoretical position, the discourses identified in the dissertation’s studies are consequently regarded as participants in pupils’ meaning-making. This makes it possible to discuss the results of the studies in terms of the institutional content and conditions of meaning-making in PE. The thesis consists of three different discourse analyses, where the institutionalised aspect of meaning-making in PE is examined by analysing local curriculum documents from 72 Swedish compulsory schools.

The results of the dissertation show that in the study of subject content in PE a dominance of an activity discourse can be identified, although a social development discourse is also identified as being important in the documents. The results, thus, suggest that the subject content of PE can be characterised by a wide variety of activities, where pupils are expected to be active participants in the sense of being physically active. The content is also characterised by actions promoting good relationships, co-operation and consideration for others. Actions privileged within the discourses in PE are movement, physical activity, trying many different activities together, active participation, good relations and enjoyment.

The results also show that health is explicitly constituted as fitness training, life-long physical activity and knowledge about physical training based on scientific facts from physiology and anatomy. Learning health in PE thus mainly consists of a pathogenic health discourse. But from a salutogenic perspective, health is also constituted as the possibility to participate in movement, physical leisure activities and social relations, and enjoy a life-long engagement in different movement and sport activities. The analysis also shows, however, that within the frame of the subject content of PE, it is also possible to regard health in terms of a commitment to health- and environmental issues, a sense of well-being in ongoing activities and an active involvement in subject content matters within PE. Health can therefore be constituted in different ways within PE, although this is not always made explicit in the local curriculum documents.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro universitetsbibliotek , 2006. , 294 p.
Series
Örebro Studies in Education, ISSN 1404-9570 ; 15
Keyword [en]
health, physical education, subject content, compulsory school, discourse
Keyword [sv]
hälsa, idrott, idrott och hälsa, didaktik, diskurs, transaktion
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Pedagogy
Research subject
Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-463ISBN: 91-7668-475-x OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-463DiVA: diva2:136837
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2006-06-01, Hörsal P2, Prismahuset, Örebro universitet, Örebro, 13:00
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Available from: 2006-05-11 Created: 2006-05-11 Last updated: 2015-01-12Bibliographically approved

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