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ERIC Number: ED461576
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 15
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Personal Development, Health and Physical Education in Cultural Context: Perspectives of Arabic and Non-Arabic Speaking Background Year Nine Students in Four Western Sydney High Schools.
McInerney, Dennis M.; Davidson, Neil; Suliman, Rosemary; Tremayne, Bob
This study focuses on problems that students from predominantly Muslim backgrounds had in completing practical components of tertiary Personal Development, Health, and Physical Education (PDHPE) courses in Australian schools. The research investigated the PDHPE programs in western Sydney high schools with high Arabic speaking populations. The study sought to identify barriers to effective teaching and learning of PDHPE objectives that might arise because of the students' cultural backgrounds. Study methods included student, teacher, and parent surveys, teacher surveys conducted in four western Sydney schools: a male only school, a state female only school, a Catholic female only school, and a co-educational school. The schools were comprised of 54% of students from Arabic speaking homes and 85% of all students from non-English speaking background schools. Major conclusions include: (1) schools need to be more culturally sensitive in what they teach and creative in sources used so all students can relate to the curriculum; (2) teachers need to be aware of problems that may prevent students from participating in the PDHPE curriculum because of students cultural values; (3) students and parents need to know the expectations and demands of the curriculum area and be encouraged to contribute to its development and implementation; (4) teachers' perceptions, needs, values and attitudes should be acknowledged in the presentation of programs; (5) preservice teachers need to develop knowledge and skills with culturally diverse students under the supervision of teachers of a different cultural background to their own; and (6) such problems associated with PDHPE and students from culturally diverse backgrounds that have emerged will only increase in frequency as the diversity of the student population increases in the schools. (Contains 35 references.) (EH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia