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Health Education

ISSN: 0965-4283

Online from: 1992

Subject Area: Health Care Management/Healthcare

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Issues for the New Zealand health curriculum

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Title:Issues for the New Zealand health curriculum
Author(s):Margaret J. Scratchley, (Margaret J. Scratchley is Senior Lecturer in Health Education at the School of Education, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.)
Citation:Margaret J. Scratchley, (1999) "Issues for the New Zealand health curriculum", Health Education, Vol. 99 Iss: 5, pp.215 - 222
Keywords:Consultations, Hamilton, Health, Implementation, National curriculum, New Zealand, Schools
Article type:Case study
DOI:10.1108/09654289910294750 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:In 1993 the Ministry of Education in New Zealand identified health education, jointly with physical education, as one of the seven essential learning areas of the country’s national curriculum. This article takes a critical look at some of the emerging issues during the construction and implementation of the new curriculum. Consultation is one of the vital ingredients for successful curriculum construction. It might reasonably be assumed that the views and opinions of children and young people would be sought, and that their issues and concerns might be taken into account during the process. Indications are that this does not happen; this article addresses the question of whose knowledge and what knowledge counts. The new curriculum identifies health with physical education as a single learning area. The author considers that it would be more suitable to position health with social studies, as the two subject areas have more complementary similarities between goals, processes and content.

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