PHASE Asia Pacific is a conference for all educators focussed on physical education, health, athletics, sports, and experiential learning.  The conference allows participants to learn from leading authorities in their respective fields as well as from practitioner presenters, to network with fellow educators, and to access good practice and resources in multiple formats.

PHASE has evolved from the Asia Pacific Physical Education Conference (APPEC) which was a dedicated Physical Education & Wellness event for the Asia Pacific region starting in 2015.
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Saturday, November 16 • 16:30 - 17:00
Closing Keynote: Enacting Strengths-Based Approaches In School Curriculum & Policy To Build Students' Healthy Living

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Against an international background of concern about the health of children and the implications for shaping productive young people, schools have been increasingly co-opted to the achievement of national public health agendas. In recognition of these demands, Dr. Louise McCuaig's research team undertook a five year investigation of the ‘health work’ performed by teachers in schools.

This presentation draws on the findings of this research to demonstrate the benefits and costs of this complex dimension of teachers’ work and the implications for schools, teachers and their students. Drawing on Antonovsky’s salutogenic perspective of health, Dr. McCuaig further explores the manner in which interventionist thinking can undermine robust and educative health, sport and physical education programs in school settings. Building on this critique, she will conclude with a range of strengths-based curriculum design strategies that can simultaneously address education agendas concerning science, literacy and numeracy, and the development of students’ healthy living knowledge and skills.

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Louise McCuaig

Associate Professor, University of Queensland
Health education in PETE and schooling

Saturday November 16, 2019 16:30 - 17:00 HKT
High School Gym