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Teaching swimming: Issues beyond drowning

Whipp, P.R.ORCID: 0000-0002-5895-2667 (2001) Teaching swimming: Issues beyond drowning. In: AARE 2001 International Education Research Conference. Crossing Borders: New Frontiers for Educational Research, 2 - 6 December 2001, Fremantle, Western Australia

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Recognising that swimming is a skill that must be acquired to avoid the very real dangers of drowning, it is of concern that many pupils are apparently not making swimming progress during the secondary school years. This paper presents the results of a questionnaire investigating the current status of swimming and water safety programmes in seven Western Australian secondary schools. With reference to the Year 8 level, the Head of Department described the sort of activities undertaken, perceptions of the importance and relative success of the programme, issues of concern, and pedagogies employed to deal with different ability levels.

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