Inclusion in National Curriculum policy and physical education

Dawn Penney

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This narrative takes inspiration from and adopts the genre of a legendary BBC1 comedy series, Yes Minister. The series was produced between 1980 and 1984 and managed to convey, in and through comedy, the somewhat ‘crazy reality’ of policy issues and policy processes in government.2 It vividly ‘rang true’ with, for example, Ball’s (1998) contention that:

National policy making is inevitably a process of bricolage: a matter of borrowing and copying bits and pieces of ideas from elsewhere, drawing upon and amending locally tried and tested approaches, cannibalizing theories, research, trends and fashions and not infrequently flailing around for anything at all that looks as though it might work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEquity and Difference in Physical Education Youth Sport and Health: A Narrative Approach
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780203132883
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes

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