The principal health education writer of the Draft Health and Physical Education Curriculum shares the theoretical background that underpins the document, and explains the process involved in developing a new curriculum.
Kim J. Elliott, Robyn M. Dixon, and Vivienne A. Adair
Curriculum and assessment, Student well-being
Over 800 adolescents were asked their opinions of school-based sexuality education. Although this controversial topic will affect all young students in some way or other, their voices are not often heard.
Changes to the school athletic carnival that allow all children (not just the athletically able) to gain physical, social, and emotional skills that provide positive self-esteem, and encourage continued physical activity as part of their lifestyle.
A study of the classroom management problems and strategies used by both pre-service and experienced teachers of physical education, which provides guidelines for establishing a learning environment where disciplining can be kept to a minimum.
Findings from a British anti-bullying programme which show the importance of approaching bullying as a set of relationships and the need to harness young people's natural development of empathy to combat bystander apathy.
The most challenging problems for school leaders are that those which recur and display the characteristics of a leadership dilemma: with tension between a concern for organisational goals and a concern for collegial relationships. A critical competency in school leadership is the ability to manage such dilemmas. To do this, leaders must be able to recognise and articulate dilemmas, reflect critically on their own problem-solving beliefs and actions, and learn skills which enable them to apply strategies which result in positive, lasting solutions. Principals can become aware of defensive approaches which block both personal and organisational learning. They can learn how to make a transition to productive approaches to problem-solving which are the foundation of effective dilemma management.
There is a growing number of students born in the various countries in Asia enrolling in New Zealand schools. These students include recent permanent residents as well as fee paying, exchange, and scholarship students. In order to help schools place these students within the New Zealand system, this article offers some basic information about the educational systems they may have experienced.