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Title: The enactment of setting in secondary school PE : teacher and pupil perspectives
Author: Wilkinson, Shaun D.
ISNI:       0000 0004 8506 1290
Awarding Body: Northumbria University
Current Institution: Northumbria University
Date of Award: 2019
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This study explores how the policy of setting is interpreted and enacted by physical education [PE] teachers and examines the impact of this enactment on pupils. The work of Michel Foucault and Stephen Ball informed examination of the ways in which these processes are influenced by school-specific factors, such as reputation, buildings and PE teachers' biographies, as well as power relations and features of contemporary education policy contexts. The study was conducted in three mixed-gender secondary schools in the North East of England during the years of 2016 and 2017. Fifteen PE teachers participated in semi-structured interviews and 63 pupils took part in focus group discussions. The pupils included 30 boys and 33 girls who were mostly taught in different sets in PE. In two schools, boys and girls were taught in sets in PE. In the third school, boys were taught in sets and girls in mixed-ability groups in PE. This school was included in the study to shed further light on the gendered dimensions of setting and the differential impact of setting and mixed-ability grouping on pupils and their subjectivities in PE. The findings highlight that the policy of setting was interpreted and enacted differently by PE teachers in the case study schools. These differences reflected the complex and interconnecting impact of multiple internal and external factors, including the imperatives of performativity, the realities of the school context, and the broader educational philosophies of PE teachers. The enactment of setting policy in PE impacted on pupils and their subjectivities in multiple and diverse ways within and between the three case study schools. The nature of these impacts varied according to multiple factors, including set placement, gender, and school type. The study provides important insight into issues of equity and opportunity in PE and presents a case for further research exploring the often hidden consequences of setting and grouping practices for pupils' learning and participation in PE.
Supervisor: Allin, Linda ; Potrac, Paul ; Penney, Dawn Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: C600 Sports Science ; L400 Social Policy ; X100 Training Teachers