The interrelationship between sport, physical education and moral development
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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This piece of work carries out a conceptual analysis of sport, physical education (PE) and the process of moral development in an attempt to identify the key components of each to assess the potential sport and PE has to morally develop, and any components which may have a significant role in the process. The work is of theoretical and philosophical nature, secondary resources shall be selected to be analysed dependent upon credibility and relevance. Key properties of sport and PE shall be analysed, such as the moral value, competition, instrumental purpose and institutional setting. Any underlying moral imperatives for participants in sport and teachers of PE shall also be identified. The process of moral development and relevant psychological theories shall be discussed briefly before the components and feature of sport and PE are contrasted against general practical prescriptions derived from the theoretical approaches. Competition is found to be key to sport in providing it positive developmental potential, but simultaneously holding the potential to give sport value which opposes development. PE’s presence in the institutional educative context of schools, and the subsequent aims of attaining development, along with the adoption of the roles of a moral educator by PE teachers, is critically important to controlling and conducting competition in a way that encourages development.
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