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Can Cultures Really Change? The Impact of Specialist Sports College Status on an English High School.

Solvason, Carla ORCID: (2008) Can Cultures Really Change? The Impact of Specialist Sports College Status on an English High School. PhD thesis, Coventry University in collaboration with the University of Worcester.


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This research explores the development of a Specialist Sports College within a framework of educational justice. It asks whether the development of the Specialist School can really mean equality of opportunity for all children, when some schools will, as a result, receive considerably more funding than others. It also considers the contentious policy location of the Specialist Sports College, found somewhere between ideologies of health and fitness for all and the development of elite sportsmen and women of the future. By investigating the transformation of one school into a Specialist College using a Case Study approach, this research explores the concept of transforming a school’s culture, and questions the Government’s expectations within this concept arena. What are the micro, lived effects of the macro policy of the Specialist School?
By exploring the key themes that emerged through the data I conclude that transforming cultures is a far more complicated task than the Government perceive and also that the introduction of a single subject specialism may, in reality, lead to more division than unity. I also question whether PE can ever be a subject area that truly offers the possibility of success for all.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information:

Thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the University's requirement for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: schools, secondary education, secondary schools, specialist schools, school culture, sport status, specialist sport colleges, physical education
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Education
Depositing User: Janet Davidson
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2009 08:24
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2021 09:25

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