Expert Perspectives on the Future of Physical Education in Higher Education

Jenna R. Lorusso, K. Andrew R. Richards

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Despite physical education teacher education/physical education sport pedagogy’s (PETE/PESP’s) significant strides in the past century, there are concerns about its future. Grounded in participatory research, and through an interview-Delphi method, this study purposefully sampled five male PETE/PESP scholars’ expert critiques of current threats, projections of probable and preferable futures, and recommendations for transformation. Data were analyzed through an interpretive approach. Findings included: (a) limitations in physical education policy, teacher preparation, and status as key threats; (b) more of the same conflicts in the probable future and increased cooperation regarding conflicts in the preferable future; and (c) proactively revising the subdisciplinary framework and doctoral studies as transformative recommendations. We interpret issues critiqued as threatening PETE/PESP’s future, and projections of the probable future, as reflective of neoliberal rationality that has renormalized academic work in de-democratizing ways. We interpret that projections of preferable futures and transformative recommendations call for a re-emphasis on ethical academic attitudes to resist neoliberalization and reclaim democracy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)114-136
Number of pages23
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Academic ethics
  • Delphi method
  • attitude
  • futures research
  • neoliberalism
  • participatory research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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