The Evolution of Research in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy: Changes Throughout Generations

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Pamela Hodges Kulinna Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University, Mesa, AZ, USA

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Timothy A. Brusseau Department of Health & Kinesiology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

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Stephen Silverman College of Education, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, USA

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This paper builds on previous reviews of physical education/sport pedagogy research over time in the areas of teaching, teacher education, and curriculum. Ideas are shared about the evolution of terminology, specializations, research, methodology, theoretical frameworks, journals and publishing outlets, parent disciplines, and where programs sit in universities. This paper also highlights contributions of the 52 National Academy of Kinesiology fellows in the area of physical education/sport pedagogy. These fellows have been productive with high H-indexes and citation numbers, suggesting high scholarly productivity, as well as impactful work. There have been recent closures of physical education/sport pedagogy doctoral programs, some of which have been offset by new and reemerging programs. Doctoral programs are critical to the future of research in physical education so that the current success can continue.

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