PE as resonance? The role of physical education in an accelerated education system

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  • Stine Frydendal
  • Lone Friis Thing
This paper explores how students understand physical education (PE) as a subject in the Danish upper secondary school and discusses the role of the subject after the Danish upper secondary school reform of 2017. The paper presents a 6 months’ field study of PE lessons in 2 Danish upper secondary schools. Both schools were located in the Danish capital area. 42 Lessons in 4 PE-classes [N=240] were observed throughout the 6 months and 8 focus group interviews were conducted with students [N=54] at the end of the field study. We are inspired by the theoretical contribution of Hartmut Rosa to analyse how students understand physical education (PE) and critically discuss and reflect upon the how this understanding relates to the structure of PE as an upper secondary school subject in the light of the political development in the Danish upper secondary schools for the past decades. The study has shown that most students value the subject because it represents a place of resonance during an otherwise accelerated everyday life. At the same time, the upper secondary school reform of 2017 gives PE a smaller role in the overall curriculum. However, PE is now, for the first time, an exam subject after the third year of upper secondary school. Therefore, the article contributes to a debate regarding the consequences the increased focus on achievement may have on the subject as a place of resonance.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSport, Education and Society
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2023

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Science - Physical education, Social acceleration, Resonance, Alienation, Youth, Sport

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