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Self-Study in Physical Education Teacher Education

Exploring the interplay of practice and scholarship

  • Alan Ovens
  • Tim Fletcher


  • Introduces self-study of teacher education practices and makes it accessible to physical education scholars

  • Focuses specifically on how self-study enables reflexivity on practice – a key lacuna in critical research more generally

  • Brings together key international scholars of Physical Education

  • Provides examples of teacher educators engaging with self-study as part of their personal research profile


Part of the Self-Study of Teaching and Teacher Education Practices book series (STEP, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Considering Self-Study in, Through and for Physical Education

  3. Exploring the Interplay of Physical Education Practice and Scholarship

  4. Reflecting on the Possibilities for Self-Study in Physical Education

About this book


In this in-depth examination of self-study as a research methodology, an international selection of physical education scholars share their ideas and experiences and consider the value of self-study as a vector for highlighting the emerging conflicts, dilemmas, and debates currently developing in teaching and teacher education pedagogies. A vital new addition to Springer’s series Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices, the volume is divided into three sections assessing the significance of the approach itself, offering detailed subject-relevant case studies, and exploring the nuances and controversies attending the evolution of the methodology.
The contributors show how self-study enables reflexivity in pedagogical practice, a notable lacuna in current critical research, and at the same time they make the technique accessible to scholars of physical education wanting a practicable introduction to the subject. The analysis also explores the implications of applying self-study to pedagogy itself, to the curriculum, and to human movement and educational practice more generally. By embracing more organic, emergent notions of research practice and learning, the book achieves a broader and more inclusive survey of pedagogical work in physical education teacher education that fully acknowledges the complexities of the field.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Alan Ovens
    • 1
  • Tim Fletcher
    • 2
  1. 1.University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.Brock UniversitySt. CatharinesCanada

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Self-Study in Physical Education Teacher Education
  • Book Subtitle Exploring the interplay of practice and scholarship
  • Editors Alan Ovens
    Tim Fletcher
  • Series Title Self-Study of Teaching and Teacher Education Practices
  • Series Abbreviated Title Self Study of Teaching
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-05662-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-34278-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-05663-0
  • Series ISSN 1875-3620
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 192
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Teaching and Teacher Education
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