Critical pedagogies for community building: Challenging ableism in higher education physical education in the United States

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Lynch, S., Simon, M. and Maher, A. 2020. Critical pedagogies for community building: Challenging ableism in higher education physical education in the United States. Teaching in Higher Education.
AuthorsLynch, S., Simon, M. and Maher, A.
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Enacting critical pedagogies within physical education (PE) contexts have been found to increase critical consciousness and disrupt hegemonic taken-for-granted assumptions about ability and the body. As an under-researched area, the aim of our research was to explore the extent to which a critical pedagogical approach in PE can disrupt normative ableist notions of disability through a disability-specific, critically orientated, tennis class. Six students from a large southeastern US university chose to participate and student video narratives and reflective essays were collated as data sources. Through inductive and deductive data analysis, the key themes constructed were: (1) ‘the learning journey in critical education,’ underpinned by the following subthemes: (i) ‘initial shock,’ (ii) ‘new experiences,’ and (iii) ‘humbling encounters.’; and (2) ‘consequences of critical pedagogy’, supported by (a) ‘building a community through meaningful relationships,’ and (b) ‘change in perspective.’ We conclude by discussing the pedagogical potential of our critical approach.

JournalTeaching in Higher Education
ISSN1356-2517
Year2020
PublisherTaylor & Francis
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/13562517.2020.1789858
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2020.1789858
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Accepted26 Jun 2020
Deposited30 Jun 2020
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Copyright informationThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Teaching in Higher Education on 07/07/2020, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13562517.2020.1789858.
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