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Sports education and gender in physical education classes: an analysis from the knowledge production

Grant number: 16/10571-3
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: November 01, 2016 - October 31, 2018
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Education - Specific topics in Education
Principal researcher:Helena Altmann
Grantee:Helena Altmann
Home Institution: Faculdade de Educação Física (FEF). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


The education of the body, in regard to the area of sport, begins during childhood, occurring in numerous and distinct ways for boys and girls. The experience of sport and an education about the body which precedes it and accompanies it plays an important role in physical education in schools when learning about sports. For many children, upon exiting childhood and adolescence, this serves as the only opportunity for experiencing the practice of sport in a guided and systematic manner. Therefore, this study seeks to investigate the ways that physical education classes in schools educate boys and girls about sport and what gender differences permeate this learning process. What sports knowledge, gestures, abilities, and dispositions were learned in physical education classes? In what way does this knowledge and understanding prepare boys and girls for the practice of sport? Lastly, we question the theoretical-methodological perspectives that underlie these studies. The study's methodology consists of an analysis of the published and systematized knowledge about the stated theme. We analyze the production of Brazilian knowledge published on two databases, Scielo Brasil and Scopus, over the past 15 years. The choice of this time period allows for an analysis of the knowledge produced regarding sport education and gender in physical education in schools, starting from the initial use of the concept of gender in Brazilian education and going up to the present. (AU)

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