Creating web–based resources to assist teachers in increasing the quantity and quality of opportunities for children to participate in physical activity and promote health and well-being in schools

Louth, Sharon (2009) Creating web–based resources to assist teachers in increasing the quantity and quality of opportunities for children to participate in physical activity and promote health and well-being in schools. [Thesis (PhD/Research)]

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The purpose of this project was to enhance the physical activity, health and well-being of the local school community by providing support and enrichment to educators, both present and future, in planning and implementing physical activity as part of an integrated approach to curriculum delivery in teaching and learning in schools.
The methodology included consulting with and collecting data from organisations responsible for physical activity, health and well-being within the Fraser Coast community. These were then used to up-skill fourth year education students within the Education Faculty at the University of Southern Queensland(USQ), who were then scaffolded to develop integrated units of work within the Studies of Society and Environment Curriculum(SOSE), in which physical activity was embedded within the fabric of the unit. A community website was then constructed, and student work was showcased to the wider education association within Fraser Coast.
The major results arising from this project are:
 Establishment of links to local organisations and schools within the community who are stakeholders in enhancing physical activity and health in schools;
 Engagement of educators to collaborate professionally to enrich their classroom environment, and enhance the physical activity, health and well-being of their students;
 Creation of an ongoing resource and support mechanism to assist in delivering physical activity as part of an integrated unit of work to both pre-service and in-service teachers; and

 Empowerment of pre-service and in-service teachers with the knowledge, skills, resources and confidence to deliver effective physical activity to their students.
In conclusion, recommendations for the future sustainability of the project include;
 biannual additions of students units of work from Health and Physical Education(HPE) related courses,
 expansion to display units of work from education students across all USQ campuses,
 expansion to integrate physical activity into units of work from other key learning areas of the curriculum,
 actively promoting the website to all schools within the USQ community,
 promoting this site at national levels through the Australian Council for Health and Physical Education and Recreation(ACHPER), and
 amplifying this project to an international level as a catalyst for enhancing physical activity, health and well-being in the global education community.


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Item Type: Thesis (PhD/Research)
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Supervisors: Dr. Ralph Clarke
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2013 03:37
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: integrated physical activity; smart moves; teacher resource
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Economics, Business and Management)
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
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19974

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