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EDSU110 Children in Action

Allows students, through practical involvement in creative play, games and sports, to investigate a range of physical activities and to critique the contribution researchers, theorists and practitioners have made to the movement culture.

Paper title Children in Action
Paper code EDSU110
Subject Education
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $912.00
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EDUO 167, EDUO 266
Enrolments for this paper are limited and it requires departmental permission. View more information about limitations of enrolment.

Catherine Morrison,

Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator: Catherine Morrison (Dunedin)
Other staff: Alli McKenzie (Southland)

Teaching Arrangements
This paper is taught on the Dunedin and Invercargill campuses.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Course outline
This paper covers:
  • Creative play including:
    • Informal, formal and cultural games
    • Individual and group
    • Indoor and outdoor activities
    • With and without equipment
    • With and without rules
    • Competition vs co-operation
  • The socio-cultural influences on children's choices and activity patterns
  • Inclusiveness in physical activity
  • Critiquing play activities and games
  • Rules, tactical awareness and decision
  • The coaching process
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will:

  1. Evaluate and consider sustainable physical activity (play and games) for all children
  2. Critique children's play activities and games that are commonly used in early childhood, primary school and community settings
  3. Analyse the ways in which play and games challenge children's physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the rules, tactics and strategies in organised games and sport
  5. Investigate the different coaching styles and techniques and how they influence the child's physical activity experience

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system