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Keep Your Eye on the Ball: On the use of Artefacts in Physical Education. Paper presented at BERA conference, Edinburgh 2008
Hälsovetenskapliga institutionen, Örebro universitet. (SMED)
Uppsala University, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Curriculum Studies. (SMED)
Hälsovetenskapliga institutionen, Örebro universitet. (SMED)
2008 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The overall objective of this article is to discuss and problematize the meaning and use of artefacts in physical education by applying a sociocultural perspective to learning and artefacts. An empirical material of video recorded physical education lessons in Sweden is used to illustrate how artefacts in different ways can play a part in meaning making processes in physical education. The results of the study illustrate that a ball can be constituted as a “great toy” and that in the practice of physical education being physically active and an active participant in a certain game is regarded as reasonable. However, the results also illustrate that the ball can be constituted as a “lethal projectile” and a pupil positioned as lazy and unwilling. In the article we argue that empirical studies of “artefacts-in-use” are both important and valuable, as are physical education teachers’ reflections about the role of artefacts in their teaching.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-87147OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-87147DiVA: diva2:15037
Available from: 2008-12-02 Created: 2008-09-19 Last updated: 2011-12-21Bibliographically approved

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