Title

A Qualitative Investigation into Three Upper Primary Teachers’ Responses Towards the Puberty-Focused Content in the Australian Curriculum: HPE (F-10), in One Faith-Based School in Queensland

Date of Award

12-2014

Embargo Period

12-8-2015

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Honours) BEd (Primary) (Hons)

Faculty

Faculty of Education

School

Education

First Advisor

Phil Fitzsimmons

Second Advisor

Edie Lanphar

Abstract

This qualitative inquiry aimed to investigate how three upper primary teachers are responding to the proposed implementation of the puberty-focused content from the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education (F-10), in one faith-based school in Queensland. This research used semi-structured interviews with three participants and a reflective journal kept by the researcher. The semi-structured interviews were conducted with three upper primary teachers from one faith-based school in Queensland, and these formed the base of the data collection processes. The teachers’ underlying responses towards the puberty education from the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education (F-10) appeared to reflect reluctance towards using a curriculum document, resistance to change and reliance on tacit knowledge. In turn the factors behind the responses indicated three teachers who will self-censor parts of the puberty-focused content from the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education (F-10) to suit their own philosophical and pedagogical assumptions.

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