Pedagogy for Physical Education 2 (EDUH2017)


This unit is the second of five units on pedagogy in physical education. The unit of study follows on from EDUH1007 taught in year 1 moving the focus toward student-centred approaches to teaching as applied to the new Health and Physical Education National Curriculum mandated areas of aquatics, dance and games. It thus focuses on curriculum content that is suited to more student-centred teaching styles. Pedagogy in this unit is studied in relation to constructivist learning theory and the ways in which it can be applied to the curriculum content covered with attention paid to student motivation and behaviour management. Continuing the progression along Mosston and Ashworth's (1986) spectrum of teaching styles this unit begins with aquatics taught in a traditional directive teaching style, moving on to show how reciprocal approaches can also be adopted. In the Aquatics section students will also have an optional opportunity to gain the AUSTSWIM qualification. This move towards teacher centred pedagogy is continued into dance to show how some aspects of dance may be taught in a directive way but where the more creative and expressive aspects dance require more student-centred approaches. The third part of the unit also introduces students to teaching minor and major games for secondary school students using a student-centred approach with a focus on inclusion.

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1x1-hr lecture/wk for 12 wks, 1x 2-hr tutorial/wk for 12 wks


8x300wd weekly reflections (40%); dance lesson plans (30%) and aquatics lesson plans (30%)

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24 credit points of units

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