Foundations of Physical Education

Subject EDUC90711 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 28-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 Hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Admission to the Master of Teaching (Secondary) or Master of Teaching (Primary)

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Subject Overview:

This subject explores the planning, teaching and assessing of physical education for years foundation to 10. Teacher candidates will use theories of physical education and relevant areas of AusVELS to engage in planning, assessing and understanding health and physical activity. Tutorials and practical classes will enhance teacher candidates’ knowledge and understanding about opportunities for developing students’ knowledge and skills in physical education.

Learning and assessment activities will engage teacher candidates in a mixture of group and individual activities. Specific modules of this course will include: the intended and the enacted PE curriculum, program planning, pedagogical models, assessment, differentiation, inclusivity, and health issues.

Broader issues of student development will include physical, social, moral and cultural concepts associated with the promotion of a student-centred approach to teaching. All of these issues will be explored and analysed within the physical education context.

By the end of this subject teacher candidates will have foundational skills and knowledge of physical education that will enable them to plan and deliver an effective program.

Please note that this subject does not provide sufficient points to enable students to be classified as physical education specialists according to the Victorian Institute of Teaching guidelines.

Learning Outcomes:

Students should be able to:

  • Analyse links between research and current practices in physical education.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of AusVELS HPE applied to primary and secondary settings.
  • Demonstrate the skills and knowledge to plan an effective physical education curriculum.
  • Apply the concept of clinical practice teaching to a physical education context.
  • Develop strategies to support the physical, emotional, social, moral and cultural needs of learners.
  • Five academic quizzes will be undertaken in class following the Team Based Learning methodology and based on weekly readings and on-line learning resources, (2000 words in total). Due fortnightly, commencing early in the semester, 50%
  • A research paper on a student selected issue within the topic of inclusive education and physical education, (2000 words in total). Due end of semester, 50%

Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.

Prescribed Texts:

A reader will be available from the University bookshop.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Academically excellent:

  • have a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship
  • have in-depth knowledge of Physical Educationo reach a high level of achievement in writing, generic research activities, problem-solving and communication
  • be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning
  • be adept at learning in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies

Knowledgeable across disciplines:

  • examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of Victorian Education Learning Standards
  • expand their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in PE
  • have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems
  • have a set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of employment

Leaders in communities:

  • initiate and implement constructive change in their communities, including professions and workplaces
  • have excellent interpersonal and decision-making skills, including an awareness of personal strengths and limitations
  • mentor future generations of learners
  • engage in meaningful public discourse, with a profound awareness of community needs

Attuned to cultural diversity:

  • value different cultures
  • be well-informed citizens able to contribute to their communities wherever they choose to live and work
  • have an understanding of the social and cultural diversity in our community
  • respect indigenous knowledge, cultures and values
Related Course(s): Master of Teaching (Primary)
Master of Teaching (Secondary)

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