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Study finds gap between aims of Canadian physical education curriculum and expectations

A study, led by HKR's Dr. Michelle Kilborn, of physical education curriculum across Canada has found that while the curriculum's stated aims are focused on healthy active living through physical activity, the actual learning outcome statements focus primarily on movement skills, games and sport techniques.

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Curriculum scholar leads international panel

Dr. Michelle Kilborn (far right) and guests at the IAACS Conference in Ottawa

Michelle Kilborn brought together several prominent international curriculum scholars at the International Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies (IAACS) Conference in Ottawa on May 25-29, to pay tribute to Maxine Greene, one of the most significant educational philosophers of our time.


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Dr. TA Loeffler named one of Canada's greatest explorers

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Dr. TA Loeffler named by Canadian Geographic as one of the country's top 100 "modern-day trailblazers".

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Multisectoral healthy active living strategy needed for children in Newfoundland

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A report released today explored the gaps and opportunities of healthy active living initiatives and programs for school-aged children and youth in Newfoundland.

Dr. Michelle Kilborn, assistant professor with the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation (HKR) at Memorial University led the Healthy Active Living in Newfoundland Research Project along with HKR’s Drs. Erin Cameron, Erin McGowan and Linda Rohr through partnership funding from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Department of Seniors, Wellness, and Social Development and Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador.


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HKR assistant professor Receives Phi Delta Kappa Award

Dr. Michelle Kilbourne accepting her award

Dr. Michelle Kilborn, assistant professor with the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation was recently presented with the 2015 Phi Delta Kappa Doctoral Dissertation Award. 

The award, which includes a $1000 prize, was presented for her doctoral dissertation that explored what it means to teach a wellness-oriented approach to physical education where students are introduced to holistic ways of taking care of themselves and being active.

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Dr. Heather Carnahan, dean
Human Kinetics and Recreation
Memorial University of Newfoundland
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