Who killed schoolgirl cricket? The Women's Cricket Association and the death of an opportunity, 1945-1960.

Nicholson, R., 2012. Who killed schoolgirl cricket? The Women's Cricket Association and the death of an opportunity, 1945-1960. History of Education, 41 (6), pp. 771-786.

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Abstract

This article examines the reasons behind the decline of schoolgirl cricket in the years between 1945 and 1960. It considers the impact of the Education Act 1944 and 'secondary education for all' on girls' physical education in general, focusing on why certain sports, in particular cricket, were not widely introduced into the new secondary modern and grammar schools. The outreach programme of the Women's Cricket Association, the governing body of women's cricket, to these new schools is considered alongside the problem of equipment and pitch shortages. Ultimately, blame for schoolgirl cricket's failure to become entrenched within the English education system is placed upon the attitudes of teachers and Local Education Authorities towards girls' cricket at this time; they considered the sport unsuitable for female pupils. Overall, the article serves as an historical case study of gendered physical education in action.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0046-760X
Uncontrolled Keywords:Women's education; physical education; cricket; gender.
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:30620
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:30 Apr 2018 09:27
Last Modified:30 Apr 2018 09:27

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