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ERIC Number: EJ1023824
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1837-7122
A Salutogenic, Strengths-Based Approach as a Theory to Guide HPE Curriculum Change
McCuaig, Louise; Quennerstedt, Mikael; Macdonald, Doune
Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education, v4 n2 p109-125 2013
The draft Australian Health and Physical Education (HPE) curriculum (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA], 2012c) takes a strengths-based approach that emphasizes questions such as "What keeps me healthy and active?" rather than "What risks, diseases and behaviours should I learn to avoid?". This paper explores a salutogenic approach to the strengths-based orientation that has been identified as one of the five key propositions in the new Australian HPE curriculum. A salutogenic approach to a health literacy unit provides some initial insight into the possibilities and challenges posed by the implementation of a strengths-based orientation to HPE. Questions of relative emphases and potential weaknesses are subsequently raised as means of identifying the influence of curriculum interpretation, design and pedagogical practice in securing the implementation of a strengths-based oriented Australian HPE.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education; High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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