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Summaries of Research

Read summaries of recent body image related research below.

Country Lane Country Lane Summary

This is a summary of Robertson, Thompson and Barber’s “From Teacher Concern to Teacher Dissonance: Implementation of a Body Image Program as a Twisty Country Lane.” It examines the successes and challenges in implementing a body image and self esteem program in one province’s schools. The original article was published in the Journal of Teaching and Learning, volume 9 number 1 in 2013.

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Summary by Kalin Moon

Uncharted Waters Unchartered Waters Summary

This article describes the researcher’s analysis of teacher responses to a body image and self esteem program one year after its introduction. It is a summary of Robertson and Thomson’s Teaching in Uncharted Waters: Seeking Critical Body Literacy Scripts. Published in the Alberta Journal of Educational Research, Volume 58, Number 3 in 2012.

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Summary by Kalin Moon

Permission to be Fat Permission To Be Fat Summary

“Giving Permission to be Fat? Examining the Impact of Body?Based Belief Systems” describes the finding of a common thread in schools where a body image program was introduced but poorly implemented. This article summarizes Robertson and Thomson’s work, which argues that teacher’s perceptions of their own bodies and cultural pressures were significant factors in determining the success of the program.

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Summary by Kelly Robertson

War Games War Games Summary

This article reviews a variety of pan-Canadian approaches to physical education, finding that what was being taught overall in all provinces and territories didn’t match recent research describing a more skill based and less competitive approach to physical education. It is a summary of Thomson and Robertson’s “From War Games to Lifestyle Choices: Analyzing Canadian PE Curriculum Policies through a Critical Lens”.

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Summary by Kelly Robertson

BEing A Certain Way BEing A Certain Way Summary

This is a summary of “BE”ing a Certain Way: Seeking Body Image in Canadian Health and Physical Education Curriculum Policies” in which, Robertson and Thomson reveal the scarce presence of body image in the curricula of Canadian provinces and territories and discusses the importance of federal coherence on health issues. Their article was published in 2012 in the Canadian Journal Of Education, Volume 35, Number 2.

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Summary by Kalin Moon

Policy Analysis Health Curriculum Policy Analysis Summary

In “Health Curriculum Policy Analysis As a Catalyst For Educational Change In Canada” Thomson and Robertson present a review of health education curricula in each province and territory in Canada. It discusses the need for pan-Canadian coherence on issues of health and reveals that our current definitions of health, as presented in schools are limiting and not up to date with current research. Here is a summary of the article published in the Journal of Education and Learning in 2012.

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Summary by Kelly Robertson

Bald Eagles Summary

In "Watching Bald Eagles Change Shifts", researchers Robertson and Thomson examine the online presence of Health and Physical Education curriculum policies across Canada. Their research compares how provinces and territories approach health issues and argues for the accessibility of health education curricula online. The full article was published in the Alberta Journal of Educational Research, Volume 57, Number 3 in 2011."

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Summary by Kalin Moon

Bodies in Space: A Look Into School Spaces That Support Activity for All Bodies In Space Summary

This presentation, developed by Dianne Thomson, examines how the spaces in our schools can support kids being healthy and active.

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The Bodies in Space presentation references a gardening activity that involves the creation of low water, low soil sack gardens. Click here for information on how to make your own sack garden, created by the Bruce Peninsula Grandparent Connection.

Presentation designed by Kalin Moon

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