Reconceptualizing Physical Education
Chapter 1: Setting the Stage for Wellness
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SETTING THE STAGE FOR WELLNESS
Tune into the process and flux of life with all its uncertainties, vicissitudes, inconsistencies, and ambiguities…. They reach the subjective realities, pull in the historic and contextualize the present within the total framework of individual lives.
— PETER WOODS, 1985 (CITED IN BRITZMAN, 1991, P. 67)
I first met Kim many years ago when I was a curriculum manager for the provincial department of education. She had come to the department to advocate for her Holistic Health Option physical education course to be recognized as a provincial course. Ironically, due to policy restrictions and procedures, we turned her down. But her passion and ideas made an impression and several years later when I was pondering the notion of wellness in physical education, her spirit and vision once again found its way to my consciousness. I immediately contacted her, and over coffee we discussed my desire to inquire into a curriculum of wellness.
Kim was a graduate of the University of Alberta teacher education program and I was intrigued when my supervisor told me about her success as a varsity athlete and later on a provincial club coach and varsity assistant coach. I wondered about her story and how she came to teach a holistic health course when she was previously focused on winning provincial championships and appeared to be teaching in a traditional physical education setting. Did she experience the same type of...
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