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ERIC Number: EJ999466
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0002-4805
Teaching in Uncharted Waters: Seeking Critical Body Literacy Scripts
Robertson, Lorayne; Thomson, Dianne
Alberta Journal of Educational Research, v58 n3 p404-424 Fall 2012
Schools are places of learning, but they are also sites of struggle when fitness, obesity, and body image issues converge for students and teachers. Responding to teachers' concerns about their students on diets, a Canadian teachers' organization produced a body image program which included a training day for schools undertaking whole-school implementation. The teachers' organization commissioned research to determine program outcomes. The research team interviewed 48 participating teachers. Data include: teacher responses to a post-training survey, interview transcripts, and artefacts from school visits. Findings indicate that implementation is impacted by resources and the complex ways that students' and teachers' bodies are positioned socially. While the program intent was to provide teachers with body image lessons, findings suggest that other supports are needed such as knowledge mobilization of body image research, critical framing to respond to issues, and a theoretical map such as critical body literacy in order to navigate these uncharted waters.
University of Alberta, Faculty of Education. 845 Education Centre South, Edmonton, AB T6G 2G5, Canada. Tel: 780-492-7941; Fax: 780-492-0236; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada