Contemporary PE reform in China : teachers' talk

Hickey, Christopher and Jin, Aijing 2007, Contemporary PE reform in China : teachers' talk, in AARE 2007 : Proceedings of the 2007 International Educational Research Conference, Association for Active Educational Researchers, [Australia], pp. 1-16.

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Title Contemporary PE reform in China : teachers' talk
Author(s) Hickey, Christopher
Jin, Aijing
Conference name Australian Association for Research in Education. Conference (2007 : Fremantle, W.A.)
Conference location Fremantle, Western Australia
Conference dates 25 – 29 November, 2007
Title of proceedings AARE 2007 : Proceedings of the 2007 International Educational Research Conference
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2007
Conference series Australian Association for Research in Education Conference
Start page 1
End page 16
Publisher Association for Active Educational Researchers
Place of publication [Australia]
Keyword(s) Health And Physical Education
Summary Among the many changes occurring across Chinese society in the early phase of Y2K is the construction and implementation of a new physical education (PE) curriculum. Not unlike recent changes in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, this process has seen a heightening of the profile of health. Presented within a wider framework for making the school curriculum more relevant, PE is more closely aligned with China's emerging health concerns around young people. Foremost here are burgeoning social anxieties about decreased levels of physical activity, dietary practices, risk-taking tendencies, and a general decline of social cohesion/connection across the profile of contemporary youth. This paper reports on a study undertaken to explore the experiences of Chinese PE teachers as they engage with the new curriculum.

The data reveals a number of structural, personal and cultural factors that work against teachers taking up the opportunities presented in the new curriculum. Prominent here are; low professional status, an expanding generation gap, lack of training and the grip of deeply rooted cultural values. Juxtaposed against the like experiences of PE teachers in Australia and the UK the paper concludes with practical recommendations for nurturing curriculum change in China.
ISSN 1324-9320
Language eng
Field of Research 160805 Social Change
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2007, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30022619

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Education
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