The new Australian Health and Physical Education Curriculum: a case of/for gradualism in curriculum reform?

Macdonald, Doune (2013) The new Australian Health and Physical Education Curriculum: a case of/for gradualism in curriculum reform?. Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education, 4 2: 95-108. doi:10.1080/18377122.2013.801104


Author Macdonald, Doune
Title The new Australian Health and Physical Education Curriculum: a case of/for gradualism in curriculum reform?
Journal name Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1837-7122
1837-7130
Publication date 2013-06-21
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/18377122.2013.801104
Open Access Status
Volume 4
Issue 2
Start page 95
End page 108
Total pages 14
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In March 2012, the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) released for public consultation the Shape Paper for the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education (HPE) that was finalized for publication in August 2012. This paper set out the key propositions for a ‘futures-oriented’ curriculum suggesting that HPE should: take a strengths-based approach; focus on educative outcomes; develop health literacy skills; value learning in, about and through movement; and include an inquiry-based approach. As the Lead Writer of the Shape Paper, I believed my task was to consider both what is and what could be.

This Fritz Duras Lecture introduces the research and thinking behind the HPE Shape Paper, helping to illuminate this case of curriculum-making. It also reflexively asks if this case is notable for its gradualism, interrogating the strengths and weaknesses of gradualism as applied in curriculum reform.
Keyword Health and physical education
Curriculum reform
Gradualism
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2014 Collection
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