Teachers in school sports: between the fields of education and sport?
2016 (English)In: Sport, Education and Society, ISSN 1357-3322, E-ISSN 1470-1243, Vol. 21, no 6, 907-923 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
According to the cultural sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, gaining access to a social space or a positionwithin a social space requires a specific capital. For teachers, this is normally indicated by a validteaching certificate with relevant subject knowledge. However, when no qualified teachers areavailable, which is the case for the subject of school sports in Sweden, other assets gain recognition.Drawing on Bourdieu’s conceptual framework, this paper examined the conditions for schoolsports in Sweden, and based on questionnaires answered by 109 teachers, explored thecompetencies, education and backgrounds teachers in upper secondary school sports possess.The paper address the question: what valuable resources are required to become a teacher of schoolsports and gain recognition as symbolic capital? The results show that while school sports inSweden are carried out through a school subject and thus regulated by the government, it isinfluenced by both the fields of education and sport. Furthermore, the questionnaire results showthat a majority of the teachers are employed as coaches instead of teachers and that less than halfof them (45%) have a teacher education background, while 95% have a coaching educationbackground. However, the results also show that teachers assessed their competencies for teachingschool sports as high, especially with regard to competencies in specific sport skills. In conclusion,this paper shows how coaching education and experience in competitive sports are an importantresource required to become a teacher in school sports and is thus recognized as symbolic capital.Therefore, school sports cannot be viewed as a legitimate part of the field of education but can beviewed as a part of the field of sport.
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London: Taylor & Francis Group, 2016. Vol. 21, no 6, 907-923 p.
Bourdieu, coach competence, special sports, Sweden, symbolic capital, teacher competence
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-95246DOI: 10.1080/13573322.2014.969228ISI: 000378341900007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-95246DiVA: diva2:758181