Moving beyond the Crises in Secondary Physical Education: An Australian Initiative

in Journal of Teaching in Physical Education

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Doune MacdonaldThe University of Queensland

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Ross BrookerQueensland University of Technology

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Recent literature suggests that secondary school physical education is in crisis due to uncertainties about focus, status, and accountability. After providing some background discussion to the crises, two curriculum approaches, one current and the other in trial, to secondary physical education in an Australian context are reviewed. Drawing upon empirical research, the various strengths and weaknesses of each approach are highlighted. The paper concludes with proposals that the movement-centered conceptualization of physical education in the trial approach offers a defensible physical education for secondary school students.

Doune Macdonald is with the Department of Human Movement Studies at The University of Queensland, St. Lucia, 4072 Queensland, Australia. Ross Brooker is with the School of Human Movement Studies at the Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove Campus, Red Hill, 4059 Queensland, Australia.

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