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

ANZSRC / FoR Code

130105 Primary Education (excl. Maori)

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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