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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.

«In an era of increasing educational infatuation with technological advancements and sloganeering on the virtues of twenty-first-century learning competencies, curricular considerations of wellness can seem both quaint and new-age. However, through a delicate and innovative interweaving of currere, action research, and wisdom insights, Michelle demonstrates that being ‘well’ is central to wisdom-informed understandings of what it means to be a human being. If we understand colonial logics as perpetuating an extended process of denying relationships – and thus undermining the possibility of holistic wellness within the human being – then the most urgent work in the field of curriculum studies has to be the reparation of those relationships. This book exemplifies such work through the careful articulation of a curricular and pedagogical vision that is inspired by an embodied understanding of the healing power of holistic balance.» (Dwayne Donald, Associate Professor, University of Alberta, Canada)
«Michelle Kilborn’s inspiring book builds on a rich and diverse range of reconceptualist curricular traditions and concepts to co-construct with her teacher-colleague, Kim, a curriculum for wellness that is rooted in the practice of teaching as a way of being, and in the interconnectnedness of body, spirit, mind, and heart. The book is essential reading for all physical educators who aspire to assist the young people they work with to live in wellness.» (David Kirk, Professor, Head of the School of Education, University of Strathclyde, Scotland)

«In an era of increasing educational infatuation with technological advancements and sloganeering on the virtues of twenty-first-century learning competencies, curricular considerations of wellness can seem both quaint and new-age. However, through a delicate and innovative interweaving of currere, action research, and wisdom insights, Michelle demonstrates that being ‘well’ is central to wisdom-informed understandings of what it means to be a human being. If we understand colonial logics as perpetuating an extended process of denying relationships – and thus undermining the possibility of holistic wellness within the human being – then the most urgent work in the field of curriculum studies has to be the reparation of those relationships. This book exemplifies such work through the careful articulation of a curricular and pedagogical vision that is inspired by an embodied understanding of the healing power of holistic balance.» (Dwayne Donald, Associate Professor, University of Alberta, Canada)
«Michelle Kilborn’s inspiring book builds on a rich and diverse range of reconceptualist curricular traditions and concepts to co-construct with her teacher-colleague, Kim, a curriculum for wellness that is rooted in the practice of teaching as a way of being, and in the interconnectnedness of body, spirit, mind, and heart. The book is essential reading for all physical educators who aspire to assist the young people they work with to live in wellness.» (David Kirk, Professor, Head of the School of Education, University of Strathclyde, Scotland)