Unit description

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

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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