Sport in Danish Schools: Physical Activity and Public Policy Formulation in Denmark

By Thomas Skovgaard.

Published by The International Journal of Sport and Society

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The aim of this article is to analyze political decision-making from the point of view of the more recent history of physical education as part of public schools in Denmark. Analytically, the article focuses on policy formulation defined as: the part of a given political decision-making process that includes the establishment of a valid, but not necessarily unequivocal, common understanding, identification, and realization of “the problem,” its importance and potential solutions. In this context, political activities are mainly about influencing the formulation of policy proposals and decisions. Empirically, the article is based on a series of written materials which in a broad or narrow sense can be regarded as public. The article consists of two parts: First a historical part relating to the period from the end of the 1930s to the mid-00s. After this follows an account of the situation as it has been in the most recent years. Past and present developments are finally compared in an attempt to pinpoint probable future directions of the political theme of sport, health, and school.

Keywords: Physical Education, School Sport, Public Policy

The International Journal of Sport and Society: Annual Review, Volume 7, December 2016, pp.13-27. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 722.661KB).

Thomas Skovgaard

Associate Professor, Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Funen, Denmark