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ERIC Number: EJ999089
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 98
ISSN: ISSN-0033-6297
Making the Case for Developing New PE-for-Health Pedagogies
Armour, Kathleen; Harris, Jo
Quest, v65 n2 p201-219 2013
This article argues for a new direction in research on health education within physical education (PE). Governments are increasingly looking to schools as a convenient form of public health investment. PE is implicated in health because of its core focus on physical activity, but there is little evidence to suggest that PE improves health outcomes. Moreover, although there has been interest in health-focused curriculum activities and interventions, there has been a surprising silence around the pedagogies to be used in the health dimension of PE practices. This article critically reviews claims made about the role of PE in public health, and considers how health has been conceptualized in PE over time. The professional development needs of PE teachers in health are examined, and it is argued that the development of new, complex, evidence-based and personalized "PE-for-health" pedagogies is the next major step to be taken in PE research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United States