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EDF4423 - Physical education

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Faculty of Education

Leader(s): Dr T Brown


Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester (Open Learning) 2009 (Open Learning)
Peninsula Second semester 2009 (Off-campus)


This curriculum specialism unit prepares students to teach school physical education from Years 7-12. The unit will provide historical, philosophical and pedagogical foundations of physical education which will be examined through critically reflective inquiry of contemporary perspectives and paradigms of practice. Issues relevant to physical education such as embodied learning, teachers and teaching (e.g. fieldwork practice) and local and global curriculum (e.g. VELS, VCE) will be examined. This unit requires students to undertake a supervised teaching fieldwork placement.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the philosophy, history and contemporary status of school physical education;
  2. demonstrate knowledge of the VCE Physical Education and physical education within VELS (Victorian Essential Learning Standards);
  3. develop, design and plan curricula, units and lesson plans developmentally appropriate for Years 7-10 (VELS)/Years 11-12 (VCE);
  4. examine and critically reflect on local and global physical education curriculum documents, eg Victorian Essential Learning Standards, New Zealand HPE, British NCPE;
  5. appreciate the complex interrelationships between school physical education, school/community sport, physical activity and movement and how these contribute to the development of healthy/educated lifestyles;
  6. examine the range of unique contemporary issues facing physical education and teachers of physical education;
  7. develop an insight into the importance of professional development in a changing society;
  8. critically reflect upon their teaching practices in Physical Education in a school environment.


This unit is graded Pass Grade Only (PGO); Assessment task 1: essay (2,000 words; 50%). Assessment task 2: Negotiated critical reflection (2,000 words; 50%). Hurdle requirement: A minimum attendance requirement for classes of 80% for On-campus students

Contact hours

3 hrs per week


One and a half years of study in appropriate Physical Education discipline and skill areas, EDF4114 Health, outdoor and physical education or EDF5484


EDF5485 Physical education B

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