Promoting healthy communities through an active curriculum

Louth, Sharon (2011) Promoting healthy communities through an active curriculum. In: 27th Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation Conference (ACHPER 2011): Moving, Learning and Achieving, 18-20 Apr 2011, Adelaide, Australia.

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A tactical response project to support the inclusion of regular physical activity within the curriculum which was cultivated and implemented as a rejoinder to the Smart Moves – Physical Activity Program (2008) developed for Queensland State Schools. The project involved consultation with and data collection from partner organisations
responsible for physical activity, health and well-being within the local community. Fourth year education students developed integrated units of work using these resources and drew outcomes from both the Health and Physical Education(HPE) and Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE) Curriculum documents. An active curriculum and
kinaesthetic learning is promoted by embedding physical activity as a crucial element within the units of work. Arising from this, a collaborative, web-based learning community was established to support both pre-service and existing educators with the knowledge, skills, resources and confidence to deliver a meaningful, effective and
active curriculum to their students.
The outcomes of this project are significant to three stakeholders from the study, those being children, pre-service teachers and current teachers. For children, the project increases the time and opportunity to participate in meaningful physical activity within the curriculum. This project allows pre-service teachers to participate in professional dialogue and mutual sharing of ideas and resources and provides a framework for collaboration with their colleagues. The project achieves meaningful outcomes for practicing teachers by acknowledging the planning and preparation workload of current teachers, and provides tangible support for classroom teachers to effectively facilitate physical activity to their students on a daily basis. The website also provides a platform for professional discourse within the education community across the region, supports higher order thinking skills, engages professional reflection and helps to raise the confidence and moral of teachers within the Fraser Coast community. Recommendations for future directions, expansion and sustainability of the website are also discussed.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Poster)
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Additional Information: Copyright 2011 ACHPER National and individual authors. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2011 07:08
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2014 02:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: sport; physical education; activities; health education; SOSE; online teaching; pre-service teachers; web based learning
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160508 Health Policy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130210 Physical Education and Development Curriculum and Pedagogy
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4407 Policy and administration > 440706 Health policy
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390307 Teacher education and professional development of educators
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390111 Physical education and development curriculum and pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development

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