If fundamental movement skills are part of the solution, what is the problem?

Jones, Tamra (2015) If fundamental movement skills are part of the solution, what is the problem? In: AARE Conference Papers. From: AARE 2015: Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, 29 November - 3 December 2015, Freemantle, WA, Australia.

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Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) represent an area of contestation due to multiple interpretations. There is general agreement that their development is significant in shaping student engagement and enjoyment of ‘physical activity’. The positioning of FMS within varying discourses, highlights the important role they are perceived to play as part of the ‘solution’ to differing societal problems. Further to this, FMS are heavily named in ACARA, which is indicative that FMS discourses are currently acquiring more political ‘favour’ within the HPE field.

This presentation is framed in a ‘problem-solution’ structure, using Bacchi’s (2009) ‘What’s the Problem Represented to be?’ (WPR) approach. The WPR approach provides a frame for making transparent the ways in which particular conclusions are made. In this presentation, the WPR approach is used to undertake a critical analysis of how FMS are positioned in the 2014 Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education (AC:HPE) ‘text’ comparatively to the 2009 Department of Health and Ageing: Independent Sport Panel: Future of Australian Sport (Crawford Report) ‘text’. This presentation will identify how FMS are represented in these ‘texts’, analyze power relations influential with ‘legitimizing’ or valuing FMS and examine the potential impact for driving prominence of FMS discourse(s).

Where students are heavily dependent on schooling for their educational resources, the school can play an important social justice role through supporting the production of ‘physical capital’, by establishing structures to improve FMS outcomes for students. Consequently, argument is made for pedagogical practices which promote the development of FMS, as an equity strategy, in the delivery of socially just and inclusive HPE.

Item ID: 77840
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2023 22:58
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3902 Education policy, sociology and philosophy > 390201 Education policy @ 50%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420703 Motor control @ 50%
SEO Codes: 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1603 Teaching and curriculum > 160302 Pedagogy @ 40%
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1602 Schools and learning environments > 160205 Policies and development @ 60%
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