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Kama Weir

Doctor of Philosophy, (Education)
Study Completed: 2010
College of Education


Thesis Title
Teaching health education in New Zealand secondary schools: Policy into practice

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Ms Weir examined the effects of official policy changes in curriculum and assessment for Health Education on New Zealand secondary school teachers. The teachers were concerned about the health issues that they perceived their students were facing and saw Health Education as a means of helping students address these issues. The study showed that while teachers’ commitment to their subject and to students may be shaped in quite specific ways by the pedagogical demands of official curricula and assessment at any given time, they endure nevertheless. The study also provided insights into the way teachers talk about transforming curriculum and assessment policy into practice, and suggests some more precise questions for researchers to ask in the future about these transformations in the teaching of Health Education.

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