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Mixed messages: Pre-service Health and Physical Education teachers’ understandings of health and the body and the expectations of the Australian curriculum
School of Education, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3572-4976
2018 (English)In: Sport, Education and Society, ISSN 1357-3322, E-ISSN 1470-1243, Vol. 23, no 3, p. 244-256Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper explores how a cohort of pre-service Health and Physical Education (HPE) teachers from an Australian university describe and construct their understandings of health and the body. Given that the courses that these undergraduates take in their degree programme present different perspectives on health and the body, a relevant question is to what extent these perspectives adequately equip these future HPE teachers to successfully teach the recently released Australian HPE curriculum. The participants in this study were 14 pre-service teachers, 11 females and 3 males, aged between 18 and 26 at the time of the first interview. The data used for this paper were taken from a larger study and were generated through interviews, the analysis of two undergraduate course profiles and an analysis of the new National HPE curriculum. Results reveal that there are some dominant discourses in health-related courses that may have a significant impact on these students. The purpose of HPE, the role of the HPE teacher and the idea of the HPE teacher as role model are also discussed. The results suggest that pre-service teachers face several challenges and dissonances between what they learn during their undergraduate programme and what the Australian HPE curriculum expects them to teach. How pre-service HPE teachers think about and relate to health and the body is important in terms of how they think about their professional practice and the influence they may have on their future pupils.

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Routledge, 2018. Vol. 23, no 3, p. 244-256
Keywords [en]
Health and Physical Education, pre-service teachers, Australian Health and Physical Education curriculum, body, health
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Educational Sciences
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Sports Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-70836DOI: 10.1080/13573322.2016.1179182ISI: 000423777800004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84965036944OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-70836DiVA, id: diva2:1273118
Available from: 2018-12-20 Created: 2018-12-20 Last updated: 2019-01-08Bibliographically approved

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