Sport Education and Society (SPORT EDUC SOC)

Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Journal description

Sport, Education and Society is an international journal which provides a focal point for the publication of research on pedagogy, policy and the wide range of associated social, cultural, political and ethical issues in physical activity and sport. The journal will concentrate both on the forms, contents and contexts of physical education and sport found in schools, colleges and other sites of formal education, and the pedagogies of play, callisthenics, gymnastics and sport found in familial environments, various sport clubs, the leisure industry, as well as private fitness and health studios, dance schools, gymnastic clubs and rehabilitation centres. Sport, Education and Society therefore wishes to encourage contributions not only from sports scientists working in the field of pedagogy but also from professionals with interests in theoretical and empirical issues relating to pedagogy, policy and the curriculum in physical activity and sport.

Current impact factor: 1.33

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 1.333
2012 Impact Factor 1.172
2011 Impact Factor 0.824
2010 Impact Factor 0.857
2009 Impact Factor 0.625
2008 Impact Factor 0.511
2007 Impact Factor 0.538
2006 Impact Factor 1.081
2005 Impact Factor 0.441
2004 Impact Factor 0.538
2003 Impact Factor 0.708
2002 Impact Factor 0.591
2001 Impact Factor 0.955

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 1.25
Cited half-life 7.60
Immediacy index 0.11
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.43
Website Sport, Education and Society website
Other titles Sport, education and society (Online)
ISSN 1357-3322
OCLC 44547794
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: In this paper, we offer a critical examination of Let’s Move!, the comprehensive anti-obesity program initiated by the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, that aims to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. We argue that Let’s Move! is not just a campaign against obesity but is emblematic of the nature of (and assumptions underpinning) the health education of children in the contemporary United States. Drawing on the concept of ‘governmentality,’ we examine how Let’s Move! functions as a biopolitical strategy (a solution to the problem of childhood obesity), framed by the political rationalities of neoliberalism. In particular, we identify and explore three interrelated bio-techniques mobilized within, and through, the Let’s Move! campaign. First, in an effort to ‘responsibilize’ citizens, the initiative is framed as a social movement whereby all segments of society can (and should) be empowered to take collective action against childhood obesity. Second, an array of multi-sectoral partnerships, including corporate sponsors and non-profit organizations, are being mobilized, resulting in a range of initiatives underpinned by the rhetoric of consumer choice and responsibility as well as the outsourcing of physical education to private entities. Third, the adoption of standardized fitness testing techniques based on the logic of chronic disease epidemiology, and related notions of ‘risk,’ aim to produce the disciplined child-citizen who monitors his/her health goals with the aid of Web 2.0 technologies. In contextualizing Let’s Move! in this way, we illustrate how, in line with the soft authoritarian imperatives of the neoliberal enabling state, the campaign functions as a national biopedagogy, working to empower every citizen to be an ‘active partner’ in the fight against childhood obesity, so as to optimize the health of the next generation and allow them, in the words of Michelle Obama, to ‘pursue their dreams.’
    Sport Education and Society 12/2015; DOI:10.1080/13573322.2014.993961
  • Sport Education and Society 05/2015; DOI:10.1080/13573322.2014.993959
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    ABSTRACT: Previous research shows that some pupils find physical education (PE) demanding and difficult. Some pupils use strategies to avoid participation in PE when it is demanding and difficult. The present study aims to illuminate and describe strategies used by pupils to avoid negative self-perception in difficult situations and activities in PE classes. This behavior, called hiding techniques, arises out of the need to protect self-perception and save academic or social face in the PE subject. Interviews and focus groups have been used with six PE teachers in Norwegian primary and lower secondary school to illuminate hiding techniques. Ten former pupils have also been interviewed about their experience of PE classes in primary/lower secondary school and upper secondary school for the same purpose. The results show that hiding techniques are experienced and practised in many different ways, and that there is a wide range of causes behind hiding techniques. Pupils' hiding techniques are categorized into main types, and the causes underlying the hiding techniques are summarized. This study provides insight into educational challenges that need to be highlighted to help all pupils in school, not just those who complete the PE subject without any real problems, to realize an important aim of the subject and to experience the joy of movement and lasting physical activity. It also highlights hiding techniques that are sophisticated, clever and deliberate actions pupils use to take control over the social setting in PE through the covert act of resistance rather than passively allowing the oppressive social setting to overpower them.
    Sport Education and Society 05/2015; DOI:10.1080/13573322.2014.993960
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    ABSTRACT: Pre-service teachers of physical education (PE) bring understandings about gender and bodies to their university studies. These understandings are partially informed by biographies and experiences and bear potential to mediate learning and processes of becoming teachers. In this paper we explore technologies of power/knowledge and technologies of self that inform understandings of gender and the constitution of PE teacher subjectivities. Data were drawn from semi-structured interviews conducted with pre-service teachers studying at an Australian university. Foucault's theoretical perspectives around the constitution of subjects were drawn on to analyse data. Findings reveal that discursive practices frame particular ‘truths’ around gender and, hence, possibilities for being teachers of PE. Discourses of sport were significant in establishing a male norm for bodies and subjectivities. This was problematic for female participants who also turned to discourses of nurturing in constituting their subjectivities. Implications are raised for PE teacher educators with regard to disrupting hegemonic discourses as means for developing pedagogies for greater justice.
    Sport Education and Society 04/2015; DOI:10.1080/13573322.2015.1032922
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    ABSTRACT: Mentoring programs are evolving as common practice in athletic departments across national collegiate athletic association member institutions in the USA as means to address sociocultural issues faced by their student-athletes and to enhance their holistic development. There is a dearth of research exploring mentoring in the contexts of intercollegiate student-athlete development with consideration of the role of race and racism. Drawing upon the framework and analytical lens of critical race theory, this qualitative case study investigates a student-athlete mentoring program at an American institution of higher education to illuminate how black student-athletes (N = 15) make sense of the role of race and racism in their lived experiences. Data analysis revealed two emergent themes identified as (1) navigating privilege and property interests and (2) advocacy. The findings suggest the case of student-athletes was challenged and encouraged by their mentors as well as through discussion with others in the mentoring program to critically consider the presence and impacts of Whiteness, to elevate their sociocultural consciousness of how race manifested in their experiences, develop their social capital and become greater self-advocates. Additionally, an interesting finding in this study was how social capital and educational resources were framed as entitled rights to black student-athletes. Implications from this research are expected to contribute to scholars' critical understandings of black student-athlete mentoring and improve practitioners' programmatic and curricula design of future student-athlete mentoring programs.
    Sport Education and Society 04/2015; DOI:10.1080/13573322.2015.1022524
  • Sport Education and Society 04/2015; 20(3). DOI:10.1080/13573322.2015.1006804
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    ABSTRACT: Kirk warns that physical education (PE) exists in a precarious situation as the dominance of the multi-activity sport-techniques model, and its associated problems, threatens the long-term educational survival of PE. Yet he also notes that although the model is problematic it is highly resistant to change. In this paper, we draw on the results of a year-long visual ethnography at an all-boys secondary school in Aotearoa New Zealand to examine the workings of power that legitimate this model of PE. Our findings illustrate that the school conflates PE and sport, to position PE as an appropriate masculine endeavour and valued source of enjoyment, as it articulates with good health, social development and competitiveness. We argue that student experiences of pleasure within PE—as co-constitutive with discourses of fitness, health, sport and masculinity—(re)produce the multi-activity sport-based form of PE as educationally appropriate and socioculturally relevant, thus making the model somewhat resistant to change. We stress that our study should not be read as a vindication of this PE model.
    Sport Education and Society 03/2015; DOI:10.1080/13573322.2015.1019448
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    ABSTRACT: The literature suggests that, despite some challenges in their implementation, player/athlete-centred, inquiry-based approaches to teaching games and coaching team sport can improve game playing ability, increase player/athlete motivation and provide positive affective experiences of learning. A range of these approaches, including Teaching Games for Understanding, Game Sense, Play Practice and the Tactical-Decision Learning Model vary in detail but share enough in common to be referred as game-based or game-centred approaches. This includes the central role that dialogue, reflection and purposeful social interaction play in facilitating learning and the deep understanding that they can promote. While these approaches are widely referred to as instructional models for teaching and coaching consideration of the common pedagogical features they share offers an alternative conception that creates possibilities for promoting the same positive learning outcomes in sports beyond team games. In this article, we examine the concept of Positive Pedagogy as an extension of Game Sense pedagogy beyond games and team sports to explore what it has to offer coaching across a range of sports.
    Sport Education and Society 03/2015; DOI:10.1080/13573322.2015.1015977
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    ABSTRACT: My aim in this article is to contribute to the discussion about how teachers and coaches come to act in appropriate ways given the complex nature of both practices. I focus on two specific dispositions or qualities from the philosophical literature, namely the virtue of care and the Aristotelian concept of phronesis (or practical wisdom), which have been put forward as possible explanations. I argue that care and phronesis are fundamental qualities for both good teachers and coaches. Talk of care and phronesis in the literature is welcome, but these concepts are themselves complex. Care and phronesis, like other virtues are context-specific, difficult to acquire (or teach) and their particular expression depends on a host of complex factors, not least one's character and personal and professional experience. I illustrate my argument with reference to a former professional football player who exhibited symptoms of personality disorder from an early age and who presented challenges to his teachers and coaches through his disruptive behaviour.
    Sport Education and Society 03/2015; DOI:10.1080/13573322.2015.1015976