Primary physical education specialists and their perceived role in the explicit/implicit delivery of health education

Chong, Melisa and McCuaig, Louise and Rossi, Tony (2018) Primary physical education specialists and their perceived role in the explicit/implicit delivery of health education. Curriculum Studies in Health and Physical Education. ISSN 2574-2981


Children’s health and wellbeing are crucial to a prosperous Australia and are at the centre of health-related policy-making. Schools are considered as ideal sites to promote health and wellbeing and thus some of the responsibility of children’s health and wellbeing has been assumed by schools beyond the obligations of the health and physical education curriculum. Notwithstanding the importance attached to schooling as a key mechanism for enhancing and maintaining positive health and wellbeing, there is little research exploring the extent to which primary physical education (PE) specialists (such as in Queensland) currently undertake health work. This paper is to provide an insight into the health work currently undertaken by Queensland primary school PE specialists. Utilising a grounded theory approach, this study examines PE specialists’ roles as health workers and their engagement in the explicit/implicit delivery of health education in primary schools. The study adds to the evidence of the public health role played by PE teachers beyond simple motor skill development and exercise. Four categories of health work were identified from the data, these are: curriculum work, curriculum related work, policy work, and health related caring teaching. This research was undertaken as part of a higher degree by research program.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published online 20/03/2018. Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Access to Accepted Manuscript available after an 18 month embargo (20 Sept 2019).
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2018 02:38
Last Modified: 21 May 2018 00:03
Uncontrolled Keywords: health and physical education, health education, grounded theory, primary physical education specialist
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130210 Physical Education and Development Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130105 Primary Education (excl. Maori)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920205 Health Education and Promotion
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/25742981.2018.1452163

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