About this Research Topic
For many years, school physical education has been seen as an ideal site for the promotion of regular physical activity to support public health systems. The main argument of this pathogenic sense of learning health in physical education was based on the benefit for millions of children by reducing their risks of several chronic diseases and improving their quality of life.
Nevertheless, there is a growing trend to approach health contextually by focusing on health’s relation to education, physical education and the lives of young people participating in formal schooling. This salutogenic perspective on health in physical education is advocating for re-envisioning health in school contexts.
Aiming to approach physical education from this salutogenic perspective, some scholars have championed the use of transformative pedagogy. Transformative pedagogy is a form of activist pedagogy that places the learner at the centre of educational processes and is concerned to foster both critical consciousness and agency.
For this research topic, we are interested in receiving studies which consider transformative pedagogies for learning health in physical education and sport pedagogy settings. Transformative Pedagogies focus on supporting students to develop the knowledge, understanding, and skills they require to make healthy, safe and active choices that will enhance their own and others’ health and wellbeing. Educational research shows evidence of the acquisition of health resources for all students and not only those deemed at risk. Also of interest is cross-sectional research that will allow us to advance knowledge about the topic. Systematic reviews will also be welcomed and analyzed by the editorial team.
Prompted by cutting edge findings, some of the research questions that could be addressed under the umbrella of this research topic would be:
• How do we enable students to grow and learn knowledge and skills in order to enrich their possibilities in a changing society?;
• How do we use movement, physical activity, and sport to strengthen students’ resources in order for them to live a good life?
• How do we strengthen students’ resources so that they can functionally, interactively and critically engage and participate in society? or
• How do we enable students to learn to become critical inquirers and problem solvers in relation to inclusiveness, power inequalities, diversity and social justice regarding their own and others’ wellbeing?
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Keywords: Physical activity, psychological well-being, children, salutogenic perspective, health resources.
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