Technology enhanced learning in physical education? A critical review of the literature

Sargent, Julia and Calderón, Antonio (2021). Technology enhanced learning in physical education? A critical review of the literature. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 41(4) pp. 689–709.



In this review, the three components of pedagogy (i.e., teaching, learning, curriculum) were used to critically investigate what is argued to be 'enhanced' by digital technology.

Using a critical methodology, an answer was sought to the question of 'what aspect(s) of pedagogy is claimed to be enhanced by the use of digital technology in PE?' The final set of papers are presented in terms of the claimed technological enhancement in teaching, learning, curriculum.

Interestingly, technology enhancements are presented most prevalently in terms of ‘enhancing student learning’ in areas such as health or motivational variables. Technology was mainly used as a substitute for the teacher and not transformative teaching and learning.

A critical analysis regarding what is done in the 'name of PE'. This paper concludes by presenting suggestions on how to move the field forward and to debate the roles of digital technology in PE.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 79713
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  • Keywords
  • educational technology; digital technology; PE; pedagogy; TEL; online; teaching
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  • Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
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  • Julia Sargent