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Postgraduate Course: Physical Education and well-being futures (EDUA11361)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course aims to investigate possible futures for physical education and well-being in light of ever-changing political, academic and professional developments. Building on an understanding of key historical influences and personal physical education narratives, the course seeks to help students and practitioners negotiate the congested and contested nature of the contemporary physical education arena. The positioning of physical education within different education, health, well-being, sport, lifelong learning and policy discourses will be explored, as will the relationship between the physical education profession and the key stakeholders who shape contemporary visions of physical education.
Course description Notably, the course will help students analyse the impact that recent shifts in the theoretical perspectives informing physical education have had on the profession's engagement with current policy contexts. With this background, the course engages students and practitioners in discussion about physical education futures in both the wider and more localised personalised contexts. Critical engagement with this specialist discourse will support students' informed, coherent and principled educational decisions when reviewing national education priorities. Through its commitment to high levels of disciplinary knowledge and research inquiry, the course promotes students' active engagement in the learning process as part of their career-long professional development.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically analyse key historical and contemporary developments within physical education and well-being
  2. Critically examine connections between current visions of physical education and wider health, well-being, sport and lifelong learning agendas
  3. Critically analyse major factors influencing contemporary policy developments in physical education and well-being
  4. Develop an informed view on how physical education and well-being can be justified with regard to a range of national and international policy contexts
  5. Cultivate a research-informed vision of potential futures for physical education and well-being in primary and/or secondary school settings
Reading List
Haerens, L. Kirk, D. Cardon, G. and De Bourdeaudhuij, I. (2011) Toward the Development of a Pedagogical Model for Health-Based Physical Education, Quest, 63, 321-338.

Kirk, D. (2010) Physical Education Futures, London, Routledge.

MacAllister, J. (2013) The ¿physically educated¿ person: physical education in the philosophy of Reid, Peters and Aristotle, Educational Philosophy and Theory

Penney, D. and Chandler, T. (2000) Physical Education: What future(s)? Sport, Education and Society, 5 (1) 71- 87.

Priestley, M. & Biesta, G. (Eds) (2013) Reinventing the Curriculum: New Trends in Curriculum Policy and Practice. Bloomsbury: London.

Thorburn, M. (2015) Theoretical constructs of well-being and their implications for education, British Educational Research Journal, Available online at:
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Keywordsphysical education,well-being,health,sport,lifelong learning,theoretical perspectives
Course organiserMr Mike Jess
Tel: (0131) 312 6001x278
Course secretaryMs Mairi Ross
Tel: (0131 6)51 4241
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