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); Porto, Portugal (2019); Kerala, India (2021), the latest was hosted in virtual format.
The 2017 ISCPES Biennial congress was hosted in a joint organisation with the Bulgarian Comparative Education Society (BCES).
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).
International Sports Studies (ISS) is a scholarly journal in the field of physical education and sport with a unique focus. Its aim is to advance understanding and communication between members of the global community who share a professional, personal or scholarly interest in the state and development of physical education and sport around the world.
International Sports Studies (ISS) is today without paradigmatic prejudice and reflects an eclectic approach to the task of understanding physical education and sport in the contemporary world. It asks only that its contributors can add to knowledge about international physical education and sport studies through studies involving comparisons between regional, national and international settings or by providing unique insights into specific national and local phenomena which contribute to an understanding that can be shared across as well as within national borders.
International Sports Studies (ISS) has been accepted for indexing in the Emerging Sources Citation Index, a new edition of Web of Science™. Content in this index is under consideration by Clarivate Analytics to be accepted in the Science Citation Index Expanded®, the Social Sciences Citation Index®, and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index®.
Pedagogical Experimental Libertador University
Faculty of Physical Education and Sport at Comenius University
University of Macau
University of Kerala
German PE Teacher Association, DSLV
Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd University
Step 1: Sign up on the ISCPES website, and fill in the application form
Step 3: When the society has confirmed receiving the membership fee, a membership letter will then send to the applicants to verify their membership officially
Step 4: Membership benefits apply once the member has been accepted.
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