Education, pedagogy and sport for development: addressing seldom asked questions

Tony Rossi, Ruth Jeanes

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This special issue features the growing field of Sport for Development. Importantly few questions have been raised about the educative quality of sport for development programmes or the pedagogies by which they are delivered. This seems to be something of an oversight since; by definition development infers some sort of learning or educative process. This introductory paper provides an editorial commentary and summary on the papers included in this issue. We also comment on Sport for Development as a growing field of research and identify what might be some fruitful areas of research direction based on the papers included in the issue. Our reading of the papers suggest that there are important concerns related to pedagogy and educational practices in sport for development projects that stem from a dominance of neoliberal agendas, unintended though this may be. At the same time however, it is apparent that this challenge is being met head on by a growing number of researchers, and reports of this progress can be found in this issue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)483-494
Number of pages12
JournalSport, Education and Society
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2016


  • Community development
  • Education
  • Millennium goals
  • Pedagogy
  • Sport for development

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