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The curriculum took a back seat to huff and puff: teaching high school health and physical education during Covid-19

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posted on 2023-05-21, 06:22 authored by Vaughan CruickshankVaughan Cruickshank, Pill, S, Casey MainsbridgeCasey Mainsbridge
This study examined secondary (high) school teachers’ experiences of online delivery of health and physical education (HPE) during Covid-19 suppression measures in one Australian state in 2020. Research has noted the use of blended learning and flipped classrooms in HPE, yet little is known about the delivery of fully online school HPE. Semi-structured interviews occurred with eight high school HPE specialist teachers, providing qualitative data for analysis. The analysis of teachers’ experiences indicated that in most cases HPE did not happen; rather, physical activity provision was initiated, or HPE was marginalised to a movement break between subjects with perceived higher status and priority. Additionally, teachers found that providing HPE online was challenging, and struggled to connect with, engage and provide equitable opportunities for their students online. The results showed that the move to online provision of HPE resulted in diminished educative purpose.

History

Publication title

European Physical Education Review

Volume

28

Issue

4

Pagination

837-851

ISSN

1356-336X

Department/School

Faculty of Education

Publisher

SAGE

Place of publication

UK

Rights statement

© The Author(s) 2022

Repository Status

  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

Secondary education; Equity and access to education; Teacher and instructor development