Swimming Education in Australian Society

By Timothy Lynch.

Published by The Sport Collection

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The purpose of this paper is to explore a community swimming program using autoethnography qualitative research. Autoethnography is an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyze (graphy) personal experience (auto) in order to understand cultural experience (ethno) (Ellis 2004; Holman Jones 2005). Through childhood reflection of lived swimming experiences, and adult life reflection of lived swimming teaching experiences as a primary school teacher, health and physical education (HPE) specialist teacher and teacher educator, the author, illustrates how aquatic practices and education has shaped his belief, and consequently his drive to initiate a community swimming program. Furthermore, through this illustration, the reader is invited to enter the world of the author as a program pioneer, and share examination of dynamics involved in initiating opportunities for collaboratively developing swimming ability and confidence in primary school children, pre-service teachers and classroom teachers. More specifically, this involves critical analysis of course preparation, participant benefits and barriers during a collaborative swimming education process within Australian society.

Keywords: Swimming, Water Safety, Health and Physical Education, Collaboration

The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp.197-207. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 320.688KB).

Dr. Timothy Lynch

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education , Gippsland Campus, Monash University, Churchill, Victoria, Australia

Tim is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Monash University – Gippsland campus. He coordinates the Health and Physical Education (HPE) discipline stream within the Bachelor of Primary Education course. He has fifteen years teaching experience as a classroom teacher (Queensland), head of Foundation Stage and Key Stage One (English International School, Qatar), and health and physical education specialist teacher (Queensland) in various school communities and education systems. In 2006 he was the Australian Council for HPE (ACHPER) Teresa Carlson Award recipient (Queensland branch) for his outstanding dedication to the teaching of HPE and promotion of its benefits within the community. His research interests include: health and physical education, pedagogy and quality teaching practices, lifelong wellness, curriculum change, enhancing all learning through physical activities and primary education.