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Walking, Health and Environment: A Bottom Line in the Education of Teachers in Physical Education and Health
Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH, Department of Sport and Health Sciences, Åstrand Laboratory of Work Physiology, The Research Unit for Movement, Health and Environment.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3547-425X
2014 (English)In: Proceedings from Global Forum for Physical Education Pedagogy 2014: Physical Education and Health: Promoting Global Best Practice / [ed] Prof. Dr. Hanlie Moss, Potschefstroom, South Africa, 2014, 75- p.Conference paper, Poster (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Health was introduced as part of physical education (PE) in Sweden in 1994, but the transformational processes for integrating the health dimension has been very slow. At the same time, scientific development within the field of physical activity and health has been strong during the past two decades. This development opens up for a wide array of developmental pathways. At GIH in Stockholm, Sweden, we have chosen to develop a theme of walking, health and environment as a pedagogic bottom line in the Physical Education and Health Teachers Education (PETE). In concrete terms we develop the students´ understanding of: (I) walking and energy consumption, and how it relates to health, (II) their own walking behaviors over a full normal day, and how it can be modified to meet minimal and optimal PA levels, and (III) how their own neighborhood environment may support a walking behavior or not. At later stages of the PETE, we integrate these dimensions into a framework of PA, public health and sustainable development. The rationale for the latter perspective is that the contexts of bodily movement can affect the environment both positively and negatively, and are thereby closely linked to both individual and public health. The transformational process described is in a relatively early state, and clearly future developmental steps are needed. The evaluations of these parts of PETE points, however, to that the PE students view the described pedagogical ingredients as a comprehensible, manageable and meaningful component in their studies, and anticipate that it has the same potential in their future work in schools.

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Potschefstroom, South Africa, 2014. 75- p.
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Walking, Health, Environment, Physical education
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:gih:diva-3316OAI: oai:DiVA.org:gih-3316DiVA: diva2:717857
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Global Forum 2014 for Physical Education Pedagogy. Physical Education and Health: Promoting Global Best Practice, May 15-17, 2014
Available from: 2014-05-19 Created: 2014-05-19 Last updated: 2015-03-11Bibliographically approved

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