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A Curriculum of Wellness

Reconceptualizing Physical Education


Michelle Kilborn

A Curriculum of Wellness seeks to encourage a deeper discussion about teaching our children how to be healthy and live well. It makes a significant contribution to the field of education as it features influential curriculum concepts nuanced with action research principles in a unified, intimate, and deeply relational inquiry into physical education teacher practice. This work presents a very practical yet complex and wisdom-guided way to transform teaching practices that follow more holistic understandings of wellness. A new mode of curriculum inquiry, wisdom-guided inquiry, is presented, providing an opportunity to open up a fresh avenue to understand curriculum and become engaged in discussions that concern teaching, learning, and public education. An outstanding feature of this book is its transdisciplinarity. While the story is situated within physical education discipline, this book has implications for all teachers and teacher educators because it provides insights that encourage us to consider more carefully the subjective insights of teachers and to understand these as central to being and becoming a teacher. A Curriculum of Wellness is essential reading for curriculum and pedagogy scholars, teacher educators, teachers, and other health-related professionals to think differently about curriculum and pedagogy – making it a great option for many related graduate and undergraduate courses.
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We are all connected, and each detail of life, no matter how big or small, can contribute to a greater event. This is a moment in my life in which I am reflecting on the experiences, events, and people that played a significant role in making this book happen. It was a journey that involved many people and I want to express my heartfelt appreciation to the following individuals.

I want to first acknowledge, Kim, my co-researcher, colleague, and friend. You are truly an inspiration. I am honored to have participated in the Holistic Health class with you and your students, and grateful for the many meaningful teaching and learning moments. What I learned from you goes beyond any research inquiry. It is really beautiful to see you help children and youth learn how to smile, to breathe, to be still, and be at peace. These things are so important—they can change our world.

Thank you, William Pinar, for your kind support and belief in my work. Your scholarship and vision in curriculum theory has inspired much of my journey towards a curriculum of wellness.

Dwayne Donald, thank you for encouraging me to tell my story and, more importantly, listening. You walked with me and frequently reminded me to return to the trees, to breathe. You showed me scholarly work can be done in different ways—painting, sketching, braiding, sitting by the river, running ← ix | x →(without a watch), or just...

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