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Teaching swimming in secondary school physical education

Peter Whipp
Sport and Physical Activity Research Centre (SPARC), Edith Cowan University
Teaching swimming in schools is becoming problematic. Secondary school physical educators deliver a wide range of sport related content. Swimming programs in schools present a diverse range of issues, and it may well be that swimming in schools will meet a watery grave, for reasons not dissimilar to that which accounted for the new millennium gymnastics dinosaur.

This quantitative and qualitative research incorporated case studies in two schools (three intact classes), including teacher and student interviews, and surveys together with teacher in charge of physical education and teacher questionnaires in government and independent Western Australian secondary schools (n=40). Teachers' views on swimming in schools, curriculum content knowledge, swimming skills, preferred pedagogical strategies, existing aquatic curriculum, student achievement and perceived student swimming abilities are presented.

To better understand and evaluate the data, a conceptual model incorporating the 'differentiated classroom' (Tomlinson, 2001), pedagogical content knowledge (Shulman, 1987), and the curriculum dimensions as identified by Choi (1992) are embodied within and through this research.

Please cite as: Whipp, P. (2003). Teaching swimming in secondary school physical education. In Partners in Learning. Proceedings of the 12th Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 11-12 February 2003. Perth: Edith Cowan University. http://lsn.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf2003/abstracts/whipp-abs.html

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