Masculinization in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences Degree Programs

Pedrona Serra Payeras

Susanna Soler Prat

Anna Vilanova

Ingrid Hinojosa-Alcalde

*Corresponding author: Susanna Soler Prat ssoler@gencat.cat

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Serra Payeras, P., Soler Prat, S., Vilanova Soler, A., & Hinojosa-Alcalde, I. (2019). Masculinization in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences Degree Programs. Apunts. Educación Física y Deportes, 135, 9-25. https://doi.org/10.5672/apunts.2014-0983.es.(2019/1).135.01

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Abstract

Educational differences between men and women are reflected in their career choices. Likewise, physical education, physical activity and sports offer a broad arena for gender socialization. The aim of this paper is to analyze the presence of women in degree programs related to physical education, physical activity and sport taught in Catalonia during the past 25 years. The results show that there has been a decrease in the presence of women in the aforementioned degrees, confirming a masculinization process in this area of knowledge. The tendency of the diminishing number of women contrasts with the rising percentage of women participating in sports. This paradox calls for a necessary change in these degree programs which would entail including females’ ways of seeing and experiencing physical activity, physical education and sports.

Keywords: Career Choice, Gender, Physical Education and Sport, Science.

ISSN: 1577-4015

Received: December 13, 2017

Accepted: March 12, 2018

Published: January 01, 2019