Wright, Jan; Konza, Deslea M.; Hearn, Doug; and Okely, Anthony D., 2008, The Gold Medal Fitness Program: a model of teacher change, Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 13(1), 49-64.
Following the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the NSW Premier, Mr Bob Carr, launched a school-based initiative in NSW government primary schools called the Gold Medal Fitness Program to encourage children to be fitter and more active. The Program was introduced into schools through a model of professional development, Quality Teaching and Learning Materials (QTLM), then widely used by the NSW Department of Education and Training. The implementation of the Program was evaluated by a research team at the University of Wollongong for its effects on the fundamental movement skills, self-esteem and participation in physical activity of participating children and its success as a program of professional development for non-specialist primary school teachers. This paper describes the component of the evaluation that was designed to determine the use and impact of the Quality Teaching and Learning Materials (QTLM), as an action research based model of professional development for the Gold Medal Fitness Program from the perspective of the teachers from schools involved in the Program.