Tracing Discourses of Health and the Body: Exploring Pre-service Primary Teachers' Constructions of ‘Healthy’ Bodies

Sep. 01, 2011

Source: Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, Volume 39, Issue 3, 2011, pages 199-210

The current article examines pre-service teachers' positions in relation to the health discourses.
Specifically, the authors were interested to better understand what beginning teachers bring to their teaching of Health and Physical Education (HPE)
The authors also examined the interactions with children in primary schools.

The article draws on a Foucauldian approach to discourse analysis to analyse pre-service teachers' qualitative survey and interview responses to questions about meanings of health.

The findings reveal that three key positions emerged, signifying Agreement, Disagreement and Negotiated positions in relation to the dominant discourses of health and the body.

Updated: Dec. 25, 2012