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A Curriculum of Wellness

Reconceptualizing Physical Education

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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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Curriculum is yearning for new meanings. It feels choked, out of breath, caught in a landscape wherein “curriculum” as master signifier is restricted to planned curriculum with all its supposed splendid instrumentalism.

— TED T. AOKI (CITED IN PINAR & IRWIN, 2005)

A wellness way of being begins with the trees of my childhood—climbing, sitting in and under, swinging from, listening to—I am connected to their natural rhythms. This is something that is part of me—all I have to do is listen, see and feel.

— MICHELLE KILBORN, 2015

A Curriculum of Wellness

While the symptoms of the declining health of young people are overtly visible, I am deeply concerned with what is not seen and how the rest of the world, particularly the education system, contributes to this state of “unwellness.” My concerns began with my own experiences as a high school physical education and science/math teacher where I witnessed and participated in ways of being and teaching that work against promoting wellness. Ironically, schools are an opportune place to provide guidance for children and families to live healthfully in this world, but a key problem is that the current curriculum does ← 1 | 2 →not nurture a wholeness of living. It is this absence of wholeness that I wish to problematize and spark conversation within the field of (physical)1 education toward a curriculum of wellness.

A curriculum of wellness takes into consideration the...

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