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Every-body counts? Understanding health and physical education in the primary school

Research team: Kirsten Petrie, Marg Cosgriff (University of Waikato) and Lisette Burrows (University of Otago)

Project Dates: 2011 - 2013

This Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) funded research project focuses on how health and physical education (HPE) in primary schools can contribute to equitable outcomes for a diverse range of learners and provides the opportunity to address gaps in current understandings of HPE curriculum and pedagogy. The project affords both teachers and researchers an opportunity to explore ways an extraordinarily complex health policy environment contours teaching and learning in HPE and to reflect on what currently constitutes HPE in their particular contexts. It also enables an exploration of alternative ways that HPE could be programmed, taught and learnt in primary schools in an effort to improve educational outcomes for diverse learners.

For further information visit the TLRI website: http://www.tlri.org.nz/

Project outputs

Petrie, K., Burrows,L., Cosgriff, M. et al. (2013). Everybody Counts? Summary report. Wellington, New Zealand. Teaching Learning Research Initiative. (PDF - 355 KB)

Reflective questions for Health and Physical Education. PDF - 2.02 MB

EBC Ethos. PDF - 952.45 KB

Intentions Poster. PDF - 68.17 KB

Publications

Devcich, J. (2013). Re-visioning what it means to be active: An Interview. Journal of Physical Education New Zealand, 46(1), 16-17.

Naera, J. (2013). Making the most of the Wiggle Room: Negotiating the non-negotiables in primary school health and physical education. Principals Today, Term 1, 16. Retrieved from http://www.magazinestoday.co.nz/Magazines/Principals+Today.html

Petrie, K. (Submitted for publication). Everybody counts: A reimagining of health and physical education in primary schools. Education Aotearoa, NZEI Newsletter.

Conferences, presentations, and workshops

Burrows, L., Petrie, K., & Cosgriff, M. (2012, September). Every-body counts: A reframing of health and physical education in primary schools. British Education Research Association Conference. Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom.

Petrie, K., Cosgriff, M., Burrows, L., Duggan, D., Naera, J., Keown, S., & Devcich, J. (2012, November). Partnership, pizza, and philosophy: Building respectful research relationships. NZARE National Conference, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Petrie, K., Cosgriff, M., Burrows, L., Keown, S., Devcich, J., Naera, J., & Duggan, D. (2012, November). Walking the talk: Inspiration and innovation in health and physical education in New Zealand primary schools. NZARE National Conference, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Devcich, J., Keown, S., Naera, J., Duggan, D., Cosgriff, M., Petrie, K., & Burrows, L. (2012, July). HPE in the primary school: Teachers talk about their practice. Physical Education New Zealand (PENZ) National Conference. Rotorua, New Zealand.

Burrows, L., Petrie, K., & Cosgriff, M. (2012, December). What's in a name? Doing health education differently in primary schools. AARE-APERA Conference, University of Sydney, Australia.

Naera, J., Duggan, D., & Cosgriff, M. (2012, November). Rethinking HPE at Maungatapu Primary School. University of Waikato, Tauranga Campus.

Devcich, J., Keown, S., & Petrie, K. (2012, November). Rethinking HPE at Knighton Normal School. University of Waikato, Hamilton.

Petrie, K., Cosgriff, M., & Burrows, L. (2011, July). Every-body counts? Researching HPE in the primary school. PENZ National Conference - Physical Education: The route ahead? Methven, New Zealand.

Petrie, K. (2011, July). Ethics in classroom research: More questions than answers. NZ CARN Symposium: Ethical Issues in Action Research, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Cosgriff, M., Petrie, K., & Burrows, L. (Dec, 2011). Everybody counts: HPE in the primary schools. NZARE National Conference, Tauranga, New Zealand.

Petrie, K. (Dec, 2011). Planning for learning or planning for activity: PE in the primary school. PENZ HPE Symposium, Auckland, New Zealand.

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