11th Oct 16
Many primary school teachers around the world are responsible for the implementation of physical education, some of whom have limited confidence, competence and time. With this in mind, it is timely that terms such as ‘literacy’ and ‘education’ are discussed to support teachers delivering pedagogy further.
In this Blog post, Timothy Lynch of Plymouth University (UK) discusses the results of a recent study by Lynch & Soukup (2016), as to whether physical literacy has offered further clarity to teachers or if it is a great way to promote physical education in schools.
14th Sep 16
The Department of Transport in Western Australia has implemented four behaviour change programs, one of which is TravelSmart to School. This program aims to create a healthy community by encouraging active transport to and from school, whether it be by walking, riding, scooting, skating or taking public transport.
This Blog hopes to encourage our local communities to participate in physical activity for National HPE Day in 2016.
25th Aug 16
August 2016's 'links we like' - articles of interest.
3rd Aug 16
Sport is a great platform to build optimism and resilience in students which can potentially provide greater performance in the classroom and in other aspects of their life. Positive Sports Coaching™ is an approach that has been developed to use the science of positive psychology which focuses on strength development and athlete well-being.
In this Blog, Matthew Scholes from Positive Sports Coaching™ provides an overview of the positive outcomes of this approach within Australian schools, and also highlights the role it has played in enhancing the confidence and well-being of both the coaches and athletes.
28th Jul 16
Researchers from Flinders University schools, led by Sport, Health and Physical Activity lecturers at the School of Education, provided their knowledge and expertise in the game of Australian rules to compile one of ACHPER's newest resources, Advances in Australian Football.
In this feature article, authors examine what readers can expect to learn in this text, including where Australian rules football has come from to where it is now from a range of angles.
21st Jul 16
July 2016's 'links we like' - articles of interest.
22nd Jun 16
In HPE and sport, there is a common theory that boys will dominate the physical activity component of a lesson with little regard for the strengths and abilities of girls. Luckily in the 21st century, girls’ ability in this area is starting to become more prevalent. In this Blog post, Roy Kirkby from Korfball Australia discusses how gender relations can be improved through HPE and sport activities in schools, ensuring they include equality and equity.
8th Jun 16
The 2015 Progress Report Card on Active Transport was delivered in November 2015 which scored Australia a ‘C’ for Active Transport – this is a 42% decline in active transport participation rates in children over the past 40 years.
In this Blog post, Dr Natasha Schranz and Charlotte Vincent from Active Healthy Kids Australia and the University of South Australia provide an insight into why such a decline in active transport has occurred and what opportunities are available in helping children to become more active.
2nd Jun 16
June 2016's 'links we like' - articles of interest.
11th May 16
Lizzy Motteram from Caulfield Grammar School is a second year graduate teacher who is keen to think outside the box and try new things when it comes to starting the school year. Whilst most standard lessons consist of brainstorming and then completing the task, in this Blog Lizzy questions whether students are more likely to remember the lesson if they are able to have fun, learn with each other and are all on the same playing field.
4th May 16
When in a learning environment, each students' circumstances and contexts will differ from one another. With this in mind, teachers and coaches should observe what they undertake in the teaching environment and whether it is impairing or facilitating the learning.
In this Blog, former Physical Education teacher and current Education Project Manager at Tennis Australia, Dr Mitchell Hewitt argues that "there is a no one size fits all approach” when it comes to teaching styles.
27th Apr 16
April 2016's 'links we like' - articles of interest.
6th Apr 16
Thursday, 17 March 2016 saw the tenth anniversary of the Close the Gap campaign for health equality. To celebrate, Oxfam Australia is launching a brand new education resource, created in collaboration with ACHPER National, and on behalf of the Close the Gap campaign, entitled Live Strong: Close the Gap.
The resource enables teachers and students to increase intercultural understanding and awareness of the social determinants of health, and inspires young Australians to take action in their communities in support of the Close the Gap campaign.
30th Mar 16
A continued growth in external teaching and learning (especially in tertiary education systems), presents challenges and opportunities in providing pre-service teachers with real-life Health and Physical Education (HPE) ‘practical’ experiences.
Dr Brendon Hyndman from Charles Darwin University has investigated the use of simulation pedagogy as a method that can reproduce strong interactions that occur within practical HPE classes. By using GoPro™ Technology Innovation, Brendon is assisting externally enrolled HPE students by providing them with access to simulated learning via ‘point of view’ angles that are important during the practical classes.
9th Mar 16
March 2016's "links we like" - articles of interest.
25th Feb 16
Hawthorn Football Club has won the past three AFL Premierships and is regarded by many to have the game’s most elite decision makers, readers of the game and kick executors under pressure. It’s no coincidence that Game Sense coaching is often mentioned when hearing coach Alistair Clarkson talk about coaching methods.
Dave Reynolds from the SANFL explores how coaches can develop not just the technical movement models of possession skills (kicking, handballing, marking etc.), but all facets of ‘on-the-ball’ and ‘off-the-ball’ tactical play to create thinking footballers.
10th Feb 16
If Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility (TPSR) is the answer for physical education, then what is the question? Does TPSR work in the realities of schools and does it make a difference? These are all great questions that Barrie Gordon from Victoria University in New Zealand explores in relation to schools in New Zealand.
3rd Feb 16
An average 21 year old in western society has spent a parallel life in playing video games, leading to the notion that video games are a central part of many people’s lives today. What is it about gaming that captivates the human mind and how can they be aligned to the game centred approach in PE and Sport?
Amy Price from St Mary's University in London discusses how the principles of ‘good digital game design’ can be used to re-shape the use of the game centred approach in teaching and coaching.
3rd Dec 15
Emerging literature in the resilience research has a particular focus on encouraging children to adopt strategies that facilitate emotional regulation.
In this blog post, Sarah Tillot, PhD Candidate and Lecturer in Health at the University of Wollongong, outlines some self-regulation strategies that can be adopted for children to firstly manage their emotions, then apply techniques to solve the problem.
18th Nov 15
Thinking outside the square in physical education can lead to student driven resources being utilised by school communities beyond our own domain.
Anne Goodman from Wanguri Primary School in the Northern Territory, provides a tiny speck of what is possible as it highlights what Physical Education teachers can achieve by empowering our students.