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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Former School/College

Former School of Education

Pre-requisites

24 credit points in any SCU units

Unit aim

Provide students with a broad and critical foundational understanding and skills relating to the study of Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) for children birth-12 years. Details the nature and role of PDHPE as a discipline for supporting the development of the health and wellbeing of children.

Unit content

  1. Contemporary dilemmas and challenges for the field of physical education including: - the current extent and quality of provision of 0-12 physical education - specialists and generalists - the place of sport in 0-12 physical education - the relevance or otherwise of the 'obesity epidemic' for physical education - equality and equity in physical activity provision. 
  2. Physical education for what? Fun? Healthy lifestyles? Skill development? Bodily awareness? Cross-curriculum? Creativity? 
  3. 'Developmentally appropriate' physical activity: What does it mean? 
  4. Movement education: Principles and practice 
  5. History of health education in educational settings 
  6. Understanding children's health - statistics and determinants of health 
  7. Defining health and wellbeing 
  8. Settings based approaches to health promotion 
  9. Key frameworks informing approaches to 'health education'

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 describe the basic concepts and philosophies underpinning the learning and teaching of Personal Development, Health and Physical Education for children 0-12 years
2 demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the developmental factors and motor learning theories that inform the planning and delivery of programs for children 0-12 years
3 list and differentiate between the different movement traditions that inform the practice of physical education, and discuss the strengths and uses of each
4 describe the principles of a movement education approach to physical education and describe a range of teaching behaviours that are consistent with this approach
5 describe the key health and wellbeing issues for children
6 identify and describe the key determinants of health and wellbeing for children and; demonstrate a knowledge of key frameworks that shape health work in educational settings
7 discuss the role that educational settings play in educating children about health and; analyse various approaches to health education to consider the possibilities and limitations of working to promote health in educational settings.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe the basic concepts and philosophies underpinning the learning and teaching of Personal Development, Health and Physical Education for children 0-12 years
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  2. demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the developmental factors and motor learning theories that inform the planning and delivery of programs for children 0-12 years
    • GA4:
  3. list and differentiate between the different movement traditions that inform the practice of physical education, and discuss the strengths and uses of each
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  4. describe the principles of a movement education approach to physical education and describe a range of teaching behaviours that are consistent with this approach
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  5. describe the key health and wellbeing issues for children
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  6. identify and describe the key determinants of health and wellbeing for children and; demonstrate a knowledge of key frameworks that shape health work in educational settings
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  7. discuss the role that educational settings play in educating children about health and; analyse various approaches to health education to consider the possibilities and limitations of working to promote health in educational settings.
    • GA1:
    • GA7: