The International Society for Comparative Physical Education and Sport is a research and educational organization, based upon a large network of experts in several scientific areas.
Its purpose is to support, encourage and provide assistance to those seeking to initiate and strengthen research and teaching programs in comparative physical education and sport throughout the world.
ISCPES distributes research findings and information;
Supports and co-operates with local, national and international organizations having similar goals;
Organizes and arranges meetings bringing together people from around the world;
The scope of the Society’s academic mandate is affected by member’s interests and research needs;
Members are primarily drawn from all sub-disciplines of sport sciences with an interest in cross-cultural and international issues.
In this term, ISCPES is particularly focused in:
The International Society for Comparative Physical Education and Sport (ISCPES) founded in 1978. Its purpose still is to support, encourage and provide assistance to those seeking to initiate and strengthen research and teaching programs in comparative physical education and sport throughout the world.
Specifically, ISCPES delivers research findings through its associate Scopus índexed journal – International Sport Studies (ISS).
For that reason we are also member of international organizations having complementary goals, such as ICSSPE – International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education – through which ISCPES members can reach a much wider resource network on these themes.
Organizing and arranging several meetings, ISCPES brings together people from around the world working in comparative physical education and sport issues publications.
The scope of the Society’s academic mandate is affected by member’s interests and research needs. Members are drawn from all the sub-disciplines of sport sciences and united by an interest in cross-cultural and international issues.
The society defines comparative study as investigation into and comparison of two or more units such as: countries, cultures, ideologies, regions, states, systems, institutions, populations or methodologies. The phenomena to be compared include all elements of physical education and sport models, programmes and practices in a macro or micro context. Such phenomena are universal, but cross-culturally and cross nationally they differ in focus and substance requiring mixed methodologies. The Society promotes the examination of issues related to the study of regions, nations and cultures, education for internationalism, sport and development and physical education as a human right.
The international Society for Comparative Physical Education and Sport was founded in 1978 at the First International Seminar on Comparative Physical Education and Sport held at the Wingate Institute of Physical Education in Israel.
Since then, conferences have been held every two years: Halifax, Canada (1980), Minneapolis, USA (1982), Malente/Kiel, FRG (1984), Vancouver, Canada (1986), Hong Kong SAR, China (1988), Bisham Abbey, UK (1990), Houston, USA (1992), Prague, Czech Republic (1994), Tokyo, Japan (1996), Leuven, Belgium (1998) Sunshine Coast, Australia (2000), Windsor, Canada (2001), Manchester, UK (2002), London, Canada (2004), Melbourne, Australia (2006), Macau SAR, China (2008), Nairobi, Kenya (2010), Mérida, Venezuela (2012), Moscow, Russia (2014).
Regional conferences of the Society have been held in Maracay, Maturin and Rubio, Venezuela (2005), Varadero, Cuba (2007), Vancouver, Canada (2009) and Shanghai, China (2011).
The 20th ISCPES International Conference was held in Borovets, Bulgaria (2017) in a joint organisation with the Bulgarian Comparative Education Society (BCES). ISCPES start thinking to innovate and search for new developments while attendance to regular conferences were diminishing.
From 2017 forward, the new Presidency elected delayed one year but thought about organizing a diferente type of meeting, named as 40th anniversary Summit, which will be help in Oporto, Portugal in April 2019.
ISMAI - Instituto Universitário da MAIA
Pedagogical Experimental Libertador University
Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal
University of Beira Interior
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