Gendered Learning and Gender Relations in the Departments of Physical Education
Mei-Hui You (Graduate Institute of Gender Education)
The purpose of this present study is to examine the learning experience among students in the departments of physical education. Physical education plays an important role in influencing attitudes toward the body and in enhancing the development of bodily competence. It is also a prime site for exploring the social and cultural construction of body and gender. For students who choose physical education as their major, they may also have to overcome a number of obstacles in their learning as well as in the daily school lives. The research concerns with examining students’ gender experiences in the departments of physical education.
The researcher has conducted interviews to understand students’ views and experiences. Focusing on the learning experience of students in the departments of physical education, the researcher intends to find out the answers for the following questions. How do these students identify themselves as students who choose physical education as their major? How do these university students interpret their gender relations in the departments of physical education? How do these students exercise agency to use, subvert, change or resist certain gender discourses?
Finally, the present study emphasizes that the researchers working in the field of gender and physical education need to take much more account of the masculinities. This research may provide some theoretical as well as practical implications to the field of gender and physical education, which require more empirical inquiries to be developed.
gender and physical education, gender and sports, masculinity/masculinities, femininity/femininities, homophobia