Physical education subjects in Spanish school curricular regulations (1857-1970)

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© 2019 Facultad de Ciencias de la Educacion. All rights reserved. Based on an exhaustive search through two of the main Spanish legal databases, specially GAZETA or the updated legislation, by the 'Boletín Oficial del Estado', and Westlaw, formerly Aranzadi, this paper summarises the curricular legal regulations undertaken in Spain between 1857 and 1970, a period of full applicability for the so-called Moyano Law, regarding the physical education contents in two curricular levels: elementary education and middle education. We have found out a profuse legislation for the secondary education in the whole period, as to a relevant attention payed to physical education during the former Francoist phase. The interest of this article lies in the application of three innovative methodological aspects to a classic work of source compilation. First of all, the method of analysis and systematization of the norms immediately objectifies the different performance of the Administration of each period in both levels. Secondly, it is undertaken for the first time the accurate listing of the different Baccalaureate curricula as legislated by the Francoism, never synthetically systematized until now. Finally, taking advantage of the current preferential use of the telematic edition, the related series of rules are highlighted in each table, which facilitates the visualization of training itineraries, for further specialized specialized studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-71
JournalRevista Fuentes
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Curriculum framework
  • Educational legislation
  • Elementary education
  • Physical education
  • Secondary education

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