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Questioning the no-touch discourse in physical education from a children's rights perspective
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. (SMED, Utbildning och demokrati)
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (SMED)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3812-0652
2017 (English)In: Sport, Education and Society, ISSN 1357-3322, E-ISSN 1470-1243, Vol. 22, no 3, p. 305-320Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper we question the rationality of ‘no–touch policies’ and offer an alternative approach to the matter of physical contact between teachers and students in the context of physical education in schools. Earlier research has drawn attention to how a discourse of child protection is starting to affect how physical contact is viewed in physical education (PE) practice. The avoidance of intergenerational touch is increasingly justified by referring to the children’s rights agenda. Here, arguments for ‘no-touching’ are linked to children’s right to be protected from harm. In the paper we explore a children’s rights based viewpoint that supports the use of and need for physical contact in PE teaching by developing theoretical and practice based arguments. An alternative children’s rights perspective, based on rights theorising, is used to formulate the theoretical argument. Interviews with 16 PE teachers about their experiences of physical contact in their pedagogical work form the practice-based arguments. The two arguments provide a way of looking at intergenerational touch in education from the vantage point of children’s human right to develop to their full potential, which can support a need for physical touch in pedagogical situations. 

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Routledge , 2017. Vol. 22, no 3, p. 305-320
Keywords [en]
touching, intergenerational touch, child protection policy, children’s rights, physical education
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Pedagogy Sport and Fitness Sciences Other Social Sciences
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Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-47020DOI: 10.1080/13573322.2015.1030384ISI: 000398185600001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84927544506OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-47020DiVA, id: diva2:878767
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Swedish National Centre for Research in Sports
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Swedish National Centre for Research in Sports (CIF)

Available from: 2015-12-09 Created: 2015-12-09 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved

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