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This paper describes the theoretical underpinnings and methodology of a study investigating the production and reproduction of gender in physical education lessons in three schools in New South Wales, Australia. The intention of the paper is to demonstrate how questions raised within a feminist examination of the construction of gender in physical education can be explored using both the methodology provided by a poststructuralist approach informed by Michel Foucault and the analytical tools provided by semiotics and systemic functional linguistics. Although some results of the analysis are provided, these serve more as examples of the potential of such an approach rather than as an exhaustive report of outcomes.
Jan Wright is with the Graduate School of Education at the University of Wollongong, Northfields Avenue, Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia.