The Bologna process and its effects in the field of sciences of physical activity and sport in Spain1

Ana Márcia Silva, Susanna Soler, Núria Puig, Maria Prat

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© 2015, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. All rights reserved. This article examines the process of incorporation of the Spanish university system into the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), better known as “Bologna process”, focusing on the implementation of graduate studies in Science of Physical Activity and Sport (SPAS). To this end, it draws on Bourdieu’s theory of scientific field, from whose perspective the process is analyzed. Content analysis was conducted on documents related to the EHEA and semi-structured interviews with eleven key people were analyzed with NVivo 9.2®. Results indicate two particularly relevant aspects: on the one hand, a positive outlook on the Bologna process-although the gap between the traditional Spanish model and the new model proposed as well as the scarcity of resources gave rise to a Spanish model and the impossibility of applying EHEA regulations as would be desirable; on the other hand, the need for the SPAS to assert itself in the university system, which leads the process to be started very hastily and strictly by developing the White Paper, for fear that the graduate degree might not be recognized.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1061-1078
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2014


  • European union
  • Higher education
  • Physical education
  • Sports
  • Treaties


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