A critical analysis of CIMSPA's transformative aspirations for UK Higher education sport and physical activity vocational education and training provision
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This paper provides a critical analysis of the Chartered Institute for Management of Sport and Physical Activity's (CIMSPA) transformative aspirations for UK Higher Education (HE) based Sport and Physical Activity Vocational Education and Training (SPAVET) provision. In doing so, we apply selected elements of Giddens’ Structuration theory to offer an analysis of CIMSPA’s structural properties (as rules and resources) and dimensions (signification, domination and legitimation). Illustration of CIMSPA’s structural properties and dimensions was developed through adopting an institutional analysis strategy alongside a document analysis method. Publicly available strategic documents and web-based resources (N = 18) were selected and analysed using open-coding techniques. Our analysis shows how continued state-sanctioned decentralisation of the UK HE sector has led to CIMSPA becoming an increasingly influential transformative structure; attempting to use its structural dimensions and resources as a medium to gain and exercise power, to promote (signification) – market-orientated discourses, practices and pedagogies in HEI provision, (domination) – in an attempt to significantly influence regulatory control over UK SPAVET provision and (Legitimation) – create partnerships which normalise its position and message within selected UK HEIs. We conclude that whilst the transformative aspirations of CIMSPA offer a number of possibilities for the HE SPAVET sector, they also raise critical questions. The central issue requiring debate is how these aspirations shift dialectical control towards vocationally focused, market-orientated principles and away from the liberal educational, research-led principles of some current UK HE SPAVET provision.
Sport, Education and Society;
Aldous, D. and Brown, D. (2020) 'A critical analysis of CIMSPA's transformative aspirations for UK Higher education sport and physical activity vocational education and training provision', Sport, Education and Society, pp.1-14. https://doi.org/10.1080/13573322.2020.1786363
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Article published in Sport, Education and Society available at https://doi.org/10.1080/13573322.2020.1786363
Cardiff Metropolitan University (Grant ID: Cardiff Metropolian (Internal))
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