Lessons learned . . . about curriculum: Five years on and half a world away

Doune Macdonald, Lisa Hunter

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The knowledge, skills, and attitudes manifested in health and physical education school curricula are an arbitrary selection of that which is known and valued at a particular place and time. Bernstein's (2000) theories of the social construction of knowledge offer a way to better understand the relationship among the production, selection, and reproduction of curricular knowledge. This article overviews contemporary knowledge in the primary field (production) on which curriculum writers in the recontextualizing field might draw. It highlights tensions in the knowledge generated within the primary field and, using a case of the USA's National Standards for Physical Education (NASPE), demonstrates how particular discourses become privileged when translated into curriculum documents in the recontextualizing field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-126
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Teaching in Physical Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Curriculum construction
  • Kinesiology
  • Physical education curriculum

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