Girls, Gender and Physical Education: An Activist Approach

Kimberly L. Oliver, David Kirk

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In this powerfully argued and progressive study, Kimberly Oliver and David Kirk call for a radical reconstruction of the teaching of physical education for girls. Despite forty years of theorization and practical intervention, girls are still disengaging from physical education, dropping out of physical activity, and suffering negative consequences in terms of their health and well-being as a result. This book challenges the conventional narrative that girls are somehow to blame for this disengagement, and instead identifies important new ways of working with girls, developing a new pedagogical model for ‘girl-friendly’ physical education.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages118
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jul 2015


  • physical education
  • physical culture
  • girls in physical education
  • health
  • gender


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