Selection of printed curriculum materials in physical education: recontextualizing pedagogical knowledge

J. Devís-Devís, J. Molina-Alventosa, C. Peiró-Velert, D. Kirk

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This paper examines how teachers select printed curriculum materials in PE in Spanish secondary schools through Bernstein’s theory of the pedagogic device. The sample recruited were 310 secondary school PE teachers (210 male and 100 female) belonging to the Valencian community in Spain. The mean age of participants was 37.7 (SD 8.7) and the average of PE teaching years was 11.8 (SD 8.87). Teachers responded individually to an interview-administered questionnaire. Results showed teachers were highly involved in choosing the curriculum materials they use, and a slight predominance for teachers to prepare the PE lesson first and then to choose appropriate materials to develop it. Main selection criteria used by teachers highlighted the importance of materials to be adequate to students. Finally, the results suggest that although teachers contribute to the existence of the Pedagogic Recontextualizing Field, they are influenced by the Official Recontextualizing Field and professional ideologies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-34
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Physical Education Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011


  • curriculum
  • in-service teachers
  • printed materials
  • school knowledge
  • social construction

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