Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/10389
Title: Tertiary educators addressing challenges to primary school physical and health education
Contributor(s): Miller, Judith Anne  (author)orcid ; Haynes, John Ewen  (author); Dickson, Scott Howard (author)
Publication Date: 2004
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/10389
Abstract: Primary school Physical and Health Education has been challenged in the recent past. These challenges have eminated from the increasing body of research based evidence indicating that children in the schools of New South Wales are inefficient in their motor skills (Booth et. al., 1997). An additional factor includes the claim of increased levels of obesity in children. Such negativity ultimately has been focused on teachers and schools. Potential reasons for 'less than ideal' Physical Education performances for primary children have concentrated on the adequacy of pre-service education at the tertiary level; the advancing age of the primary school teacher; the crowded curriculum that ostensibly prevents teachers from providing an 'adequate' amount of learning time devoted to PE. All these factors combine to challenge many tertiary educators. The calls for solutions abound. Primary PE Specialists appeared to be the solution suggested by our profession (Blanksby 1995), but the NSW Department of Education was not in agreement. The generalist teacher is the preferred model, regardless of the special interests of physical education (and/or other Key Learning Areas). So how can a small group of motivated teacher educators make a difference? This paper reports on the initiative by three lecturers at the University of New England in improving physical education, health and personal development of primary school-aged children. This was accomplished by increasing the expertise of generalist teachers. The processes included: surveying the principals of primary schools in New South Wales (needs assessment); reviewing and rewriting elective PDHPE units in B.Ed (Primary); negotiating special placement practicums for fourth year students; and, surveying the successful students over four years. We report on the challenges associated with the provision of providing a new way of increasing the skill level of 'specialised-generalist' teachers and ultimately primary school-aged children.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: 24th National/International Biennial Conference of the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation: Keeping the Dream Alive, Wollongong, Australia, 6th - 9th July, 2004
Conference Details: 24th National/International Biennial Conference of the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation: Keeping the Dream Alive, Wollongong, Australia, 6th - 9th July, 2004
Source of Publication: ACHPER 24th National/International Biennial Conference Program & Abstracts, p. 31-31
Publisher: Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER)
Place of Publication: Australia
Field of Research (FOR): 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 930299 Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified
HERDC Category Description: E3 Extract of Scholarly Conference Publication
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