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By Dr Ken Hardman, Professor Ken Green

The ebook offers an perception into the present state of affairs of PE in colleges throughout Europe as a forerunner to addressing PE-related present and rising concerns in a number of contexts.

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The latter deficiency has particular resonance as one important formative basis for a lifelong engagement in sport-related activities and for an active healthy lifestyle is the distinctive contribution of quality physical education programmes in the primary phase of schooling. Apart from information on the time allocated to physical education and qualifications of physical education teachers and, in many economically developing countries, facility and equipment provision, studies should also deal with the daily class tasks and associated stresses and strains encountered and experienced by teachers responsible for physical education.

The question to be answered in our study is not whether physical education as Bildung, or as sport techniques or as health promotion or whether intrinsic or instrumental rationales can claim priority. Neither is it the question which concept might secure the future of physical education. The questions to be answered in an empirically grounded way are more down to earth. The findings serve as a basis on which theoretical concepts can be elaborated. ; and (vi) whether physical education teachers’ qualifications and competencies and whether the time allocated to physical education and its learning and teaching environment allow realization of the goals expressed on the conceptual level of the physical education curriculum?

Education, in particular, is an area of special public interest with various political stake-holders building their own identity by personifying and affirming different professionally specific views on education as their personal views. Hence, solution resolution decisions in educational systems usually have a political as well as a professional dimension in the sense of research-based solutions. The decision-making process concerned with key issues of the education profession is not always kept within the domain of the critical professional and/or scientific public.

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