Telling physical education teacher education tales through pedagogical case studies

Steven Stolz, Shane Pill

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    This paper analyses two pedagogical case studies (PCS) from a multidisciplinary perspective to highlight the problems of theoretical knowledge in tertiary physical education teacher education (PETE) programmes, school-based physical education (PE) practice and continuous professional learning (CPL) in PE. We argue that a critical view of tertiary PETE and PE teacher educator CPL practice or practices is particularly important if PETE programmes want to develop future PE and current teacher practitioners who are transformative agents. In setting up the pedagogical case study accounts, we recall common conversations about the bodies of knowledge in tertiary PETE programmes that have been positioned as problematic. The accounts highlight the existence of an artificial divide between PE educators as theory generators and both pre-service PE teachers and school-based PE practitioners as theory appliers. We suggest that part of the reason why this divide exists can be attributed to a general misunderstanding of theoretical and practical knowledge that have been wrongly compartmentalised into ‘theory’ and ‘practice’, and hence erroneously taught as isolated entities without any connection or direct link with each other, or the former considered to be less relevant and perhaps even irrelevant in practice.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)868-887
    Number of pages20
    JournalSport, Education and Society
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 17 Aug 2016


    • Continuous professional learning (CPL)
    • Knowledge
    • Pedagogical case studies (PCS)
    • Pedagogy
    • Physical education (PE)
    • Physical education teacher education (PETE)
    • Teaching


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