Ethics, politics and bio-pedagogy in physical education teacher education: Easing the tension between the self and the group

Alvaro Sicilia Camacho, Juan Miguel Fernández-Balboa

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Abstract

In this paper, we argue that reflecting upon our personal experiences and the origins of our ethical and political beliefs can be useful to see that, as much as society has a strong influence on us, each of us has the capacity to influence society. Also we suggest that there exist intimate links between personhood and pedagogy. As such, through the use of bio-pedagogical passages, we examine the process of coming to the realisation of the need to develop ethical principles that enable us to contribute to society in universally beneficial ways through our teaching. Moreover, we explain that, as they try to help prospective educators understand their future role in society, physical education teacher educators (PETEs) ought to start with clear ethical principles, not just merely technical (or even scientific) ones. These principles, in turn, can serve as a guide for all pedagogical (read political) actions, both inside and outside the classroom. We close this paper offering viable guidelines as to how this can be done.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalSport, Education and Society
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Critical pedagogy
  • Ethics
  • Physical education
  • Politics
  • Teacher education
  • Teaching

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