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School Health Education in Changing Times

Curriculum, pedagogies and partnerships, 1st Edition

By Deana Leahy, Lisette Burrows, Louise McCuaig, Jan Wright, Dawn Penney


184 pages

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This book explores the complex nexus of discourses, principles and practices within which educators mobilise school-based health education. Through an interrogation of the ideas informing particular models and approaches to health education, the authors provide critical insights into the principles and practices underpinning approaches to health education policy, curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.

Drawing on extensive literature and research, the book explores and considers what health education can and should do. Chapters examine the extent to which health education, past and present, has attended to the needs and interests of young people in school environments, as well as assess common pedagogical approaches and whether the outcomes tally with expectations. By considering the problems in teaching health education, curriculum making, health education pedagogies and porous classrooms, the book offers a knowledge base from which educators can consider how theories and models can sit together to shape curriculum and influence practice.

School Health Education in Changing Times will be of key interest to postgraduate students, researchers and academics in the field of health education. It will also be a valuable resource for teacher educators, current teachers, and those on professional development courses who want to navigate the moral minefield surrounding health education.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Schooling Health: Governmentality and Health Education 3. Whose Bodies and Whose Health? 4. Contemporary Curriculum Making and Health Education 5. Pedagogies of Health Education 6. Assessing Health Education 7. Porous Classrooms: Negotiating School and Community Partnerships 8. A Whole School Approach to Health Education 9. Conclusion

About the Authors

Deana Leahy is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education, Monash University, Australia. She has researched and taught in the field of Health Education for over 20 years.

Lisette Burrows is a Professor in the School of Physical Education, University of Otago, New Zealand. She has been researching and teaching health and physical education pedagogy for the past 20 years.

Louise McCuaig is a Senior Lecturer and Program Convenor of the Health and Physical Education Teacher Education Program at The University of Queensland, Australia.

Jan Wright is a Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Wollongong, Australia. She has taught health education for over 35 years in schools and teacher education.

Dawn Penney is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Australia, and an Honorary Visiting Fellow in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Loughborough University, UK.

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Routledge Research in Education

This series aims to present the latest research from right across the field of education. It is not confined to any particular area or school of thought and seeks to provide coverage of a broad range of topics, theories and issues from around the world.

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