Physical Education across the international media: A five-year analysis

Brendon Hyndman, Brendan Suesee, Natalie McMaster, Stephen Harvey, Rachael Jefferson-Buchanan, Vaughan Cruickshank, Melissa Barnes, Shane Pill

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

The message of physical education (PE) has been one of a ‘contested ground’ with regular debate around its purpose, alongside conceptual confusions. A major channel of communication that strongly influences public perceptions is through mainstream media, yet how media platforms have reported on the PE profession has received a scarcity of research attention. The aim of this research was to investigate international media reporting of PE over a five-year period. To generate key concepts and themes emerging from the international PE media (English speaking), researchers conducted a Leximancer text mining analysis of media articles published via the Google News function between January 2013 and March 2018. A PE for health discourse was evident from across the international media reporting of PE with regular concepts and themes focused upon the ‘physical’ including activity, health, obesity, physical activity and exercise. It was also evident that there were clear links between the concept of ‘physical education’ with regulatory concepts such as ‘requirements, reporting and law’. Notable thematic absences related to how PE goals can be met through teaching, learning and programming. Unpacking conceptual and thematic insight into how the PE profession has been reported into the public sphere sheds light on key trends, discourses and influences that are being communicated to the public across global contexts.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSport, Education and Society
Publication statusPublished - 20 Feb 2019

Fingerprint

Physical Education and Training
physical education
profession
Data Mining
discourse
Health
health
Research
search engine
speaking
Teaching
news
Obesity
programming
Communication
Research Personnel
Learning
Exercise
Law
communication

Cite this

Hyndman, Brendon ; Suesee, Brendan ; McMaster, Natalie ; Harvey, Stephen ; Jefferson-Buchanan, Rachael ; Cruickshank, Vaughan ; Barnes, Melissa ; Pill, Shane . / Physical Education across the international media: A five-year analysis. In: Sport, Education and Society. 2019.
@article{eed11120ef2a4faea8d6ce83476216bc,
title = "Physical Education across the international media: A five-year analysis",
abstract = "The message of physical education (PE) has been one of a ‘contested ground’ with regular debate around its purpose, alongside conceptual confusions. A major channel of communication that strongly influences public perceptions is through mainstream media, yet how media platforms have reported on the PE profession has received a scarcity of research attention. The aim of this research was to investigate international media reporting of PE over a five-year period. To generate key concepts and themes emerging from the international PE media (English speaking), researchers conducted a Leximancer text mining analysis of media articles published via the Google News function between January 2013 and March 2018. A PE for health discourse was evident from across the international media reporting of PE with regular concepts and themes focused upon the ‘physical’ including activity, health, obesity, physical activity and exercise. It was also evident that there were clear links between the concept of ‘physical education’ with regulatory concepts such as ‘requirements, reporting and law’. Notable thematic absences related to how PE goals can be met through teaching, learning and programming. Unpacking conceptual and thematic insight into how the PE profession has been reported into the public sphere sheds light on key trends, discourses and influences that are being communicated to the public across global contexts.",
author = "Brendon Hyndman and Brendan Suesee and Natalie McMaster and Stephen Harvey and Rachael Jefferson-Buchanan and Vaughan Cruickshank and Melissa Barnes and Shane Pill",
year = "2019",
month = "2",
day = "20",
language = "English",
journal = "Sport, Education and Society",
issn = "1357-3322",
publisher = "Routledge",

}

Physical Education across the international media: A five-year analysis. / Hyndman, Brendon; Suesee, Brendan; McMaster, Natalie; Harvey, Stephen; Jefferson-Buchanan, Rachael; Cruickshank, Vaughan; Barnes, Melissa; Pill, Shane .

In: Sport, Education and Society, 20.02.2019.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Physical Education across the international media: A five-year analysis

AU - Hyndman, Brendon

AU - Suesee, Brendan

AU - McMaster, Natalie

AU - Harvey, Stephen

AU - Jefferson-Buchanan, Rachael

AU - Cruickshank, Vaughan

AU - Barnes, Melissa

AU - Pill, Shane

PY - 2019/2/20

Y1 - 2019/2/20

N2 - The message of physical education (PE) has been one of a ‘contested ground’ with regular debate around its purpose, alongside conceptual confusions. A major channel of communication that strongly influences public perceptions is through mainstream media, yet how media platforms have reported on the PE profession has received a scarcity of research attention. The aim of this research was to investigate international media reporting of PE over a five-year period. To generate key concepts and themes emerging from the international PE media (English speaking), researchers conducted a Leximancer text mining analysis of media articles published via the Google News function between January 2013 and March 2018. A PE for health discourse was evident from across the international media reporting of PE with regular concepts and themes focused upon the ‘physical’ including activity, health, obesity, physical activity and exercise. It was also evident that there were clear links between the concept of ‘physical education’ with regulatory concepts such as ‘requirements, reporting and law’. Notable thematic absences related to how PE goals can be met through teaching, learning and programming. Unpacking conceptual and thematic insight into how the PE profession has been reported into the public sphere sheds light on key trends, discourses and influences that are being communicated to the public across global contexts.

AB - The message of physical education (PE) has been one of a ‘contested ground’ with regular debate around its purpose, alongside conceptual confusions. A major channel of communication that strongly influences public perceptions is through mainstream media, yet how media platforms have reported on the PE profession has received a scarcity of research attention. The aim of this research was to investigate international media reporting of PE over a five-year period. To generate key concepts and themes emerging from the international PE media (English speaking), researchers conducted a Leximancer text mining analysis of media articles published via the Google News function between January 2013 and March 2018. A PE for health discourse was evident from across the international media reporting of PE with regular concepts and themes focused upon the ‘physical’ including activity, health, obesity, physical activity and exercise. It was also evident that there were clear links between the concept of ‘physical education’ with regulatory concepts such as ‘requirements, reporting and law’. Notable thematic absences related to how PE goals can be met through teaching, learning and programming. Unpacking conceptual and thematic insight into how the PE profession has been reported into the public sphere sheds light on key trends, discourses and influences that are being communicated to the public across global contexts.

M3 - Article

JO - Sport, Education and Society

JF - Sport, Education and Society

SN - 1357-3322

ER -