Academic journal article New Zealand Physical Educator

From the PENZ Chief Executive

Academic journal article New Zealand Physical Educator

From the PENZ Chief Executive

Article excerpt

We approach Conference 2011 with the excitement of anticipation knowing that we have an absorbing programme planned for participants. Simultaneously, the conference theme that questions the route ahead for Physical Educa tion can be construed as either a call for proactive energy to move ahead ora reactive response to the barriers ofourtimes. It is vital that physical educators respond collectively to our challenges to ensure that we do have a positive impact on the route ahead for our subject. Barrie Gordon's editorial presents the challenge of reduced hours in initial teacher education for primary school teachers, something PENZ is responding to through drawing affected sectors together and seeking a route through which positive change can be achieved. In this issue, Dennis Slade's comprehensive discussion about the potential value of games at primary level emphasises the need for teachers to have a sound body of content knowledge and the skills to apply movement-focused pedagogies if they are to provide quality physical education learning experiences for their students. Four Heads of Department inform Lesley Park of variables that drive their junior physical education programmes and they generously share what their respective programmes include, while Billy Merchant provides inspirational ideas about possibilities new technology hold for the subject. …

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