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ERIC Number: EJ945735
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 77
ISSN: ISSN-1356-336X
Primary Teachers, Policy, and Physical Education
Petrie, Kirsten; lisahunter,
European Physical Education Review, v17 n3 p325-339 Oct 2011
This article focuses on the challenges arising for primary school teachers who have responsibility for teaching physical education (PE) and who are working in particularly complex and contestable policy contexts. In New Zealand provision of physical education is identified as occurring amidst multiple, and not necessarily compatible, sets of expectations, associated with government priorities, initiatives focusing on children's health, sport, and improved national achievement outcomes. This article examines the contemporary educational policy landscape, and the effect constantly shifting policy initiatives have on teachers' work in physical education in primary schools. Key themes characterizing primary PE teaching/teachers' situation currently centre on pressures to adhere to policies that have stricter accountability measures, the utilization of "external providers", limited time for teacher learning and what appears to paralysis by policy. Discussion considers possible alternative approaches to the development of policy that would arguably better support teachers of physical education in primary schools. (Contains 1 figure and 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand