Physical Education Teacher Education and the Trend to Proletarianization: A Case Study

Macdonald, Doune; Tinning, Richard
October 1995
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education;Oct1995, Vol. 15 Issue 1, p98
Academic Journal
Drawing on evidence from an Australian physical education teacher education (PETE) program, this paper argues that the preparation of physical education teachers implicates PETE in the trend to proletarianize teachers' work at the same time that national claims for increased professionalization are being made. The core physical education program and its PETE component was characterized by narrow utilitarian, sexist, scientific, and technicist approaches to the field of physical education. More specifically, the PETE program represented teaching as technical and unproblematic rather than as a critical and intellectual endeavor, and its faculty and students were accorded a subordinate status within the department.


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