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We discuss research, theory and current issues in the fields of health and physical education in an easy to understand way. Our aim is to make research accessible to educators and university students from all over the globe.
78 Episodes
Our inaugural article club. Kevin Richards (@KARRichards14) and Justin Haegele (@justin_haegele) come on to discuss a paper about establishing a vision in PETE and physical education teaching. We stray from the article at times to discuss related issues but the discussion stems from the article listed below. You can read the paper as a free-full text at This is an amazing resource for free scholarship from Tim Fletcher and the LAMPE group.The full cite of the article is:Ní Chróinín, D., Beni, S., Fletcher, T., Griffin, C., & Price, C. (2019). Using meaningful experiences as a vision for physical education teaching and teacher education practice. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 24, 598-614.Visit publisher’s website: 
Wearable digital technology is a hot topic in PE, but what do teachers feel about using it? This JTPE article discusses the advantages, barriers and the ways teachers chose to integrate technology into their classroomsRead for free:'_IdeologiesFull Cite:Marttinen, R., Landi, D., Fredrick, R. N., & Silverman, S. (2019). Wearable Digital Technology in PE: Advantages, Barriers, and Teachers’ Ideologies. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 1(aop), 1-9.
Ove Østerlie (@oveost) comes on to discuss the new Norwegian curriculum (and the old one). This forward thinking national curriculum addresses issues that many countries have grappled with such as the role of assessment, motivation, socially just curriculum, life time physical activity, and issues of the "sportification" of PE and the role of fitness testing. You can find Ove's professional webpage at
Dr. McKay breaks down Contact Theory and how it is embedded in her research.Dr. McKay's Profile at James Madison University:
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Dr. Ann MacPhail (@AnnMacPhail1) comes on to discuss a BERA scholar lecture she published in Sport Education and Society. It covers the Three A's in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy and is a great exploration the cycles of careers in our field. The paper:MacPhail, A. (2017). ‘Physical education and sport pedagogy’and the three ‘A’s: apprenticeship, academia and administration. Sport, Education and Society, 22(5), 669-683.Dr. MacPhail: 
Is inclusiveness and integration the same? How do students with visual impairments feel about integration in physical education? Well...Dr. Haegele asked them. This is a fascinating study from the field of adapted physical education and brings up some important concepts we all should re-consider. This paper: “Understanding the Inclusiveness of Integrated Physical Education from the Perspectives of Adults with Visual Impairments” was recently accepted for publication in Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly. We predict it will be published in 2020Justin A. Haegele, PhD, CAPE, is an assistant professor in the Department of Human Movement Sciences and teaches in the Health & Physical Education program area. His research and teaching interests are in adapted physical education/activity and inclusion. In addition to his work at ODU, he also is the co-director of Camp Abilities Alaska, a one-week development sport camp for youth with visual impairments. In 2012, Dr. Haegele was honored as the New York State Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year. More recently, he was selected as the first recipient of the David P. Beaver Adapted Physical Activity Youth Scholar Award, awarded by the National Consortium of Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities (2015).He can be found on Twitter @Justin_haegeleA profile and more info on ODU:
This argumentative paper discusses the use of sport based recreation as a tool to address social inequity. The paper blends a lot of what we discuss in HPE and crosses over to public health and beyond. A great look outside of our field to see what scholars are doing in Europe outside of the HPE setting.Dr. Peter Elsborg works at the Steno Diabetes Center in Copenhagen, Denmark as a postdoctoral researcher.You can access the open access article here: cite: Elsborg, P., Nielsen, G., Klinker, C. D., Melby, P. S., Christensen, J. H., & Bentsen, P. (2019). Sports-based recreation as a means to address social inequity in health: why, when, where, who, what, and how. BMC public health, 19(1), 1-9.
Dr. Mara Simon (@Dr_Mara_Simon) discusses her research with ethnic minority female PE teachers who teach in predominately white schools and talks us through their lived experiences. We also briefly talk about PETE and education in general with a short discussion about race in education. This paper was recently published in JTPE and is part of a multi-year study Dr. Simon completed for her dissertation. Dr. Simon is an assistant professor at Springfield College, you can find her recent publications and more information on her faculty bio page: cite of the paper: Simon, M., & Azzarito, L. (2019). “Putting Blinders on”: Ethnic Minority Female PE Teachers’ Identity Struggles Negotiating Racialized Discourses. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, (00), 1-10.
This episode explains the concepts brought forward by one of the most cited modern thinkers, Michel Focault. Dr. Håkan Larsson from the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences in Stockholm, Sweden joins us to explain how research in HPE has been influenced by Focault and what those theories (or analytics) are in the first place. You can find Dr. Larsson's most recent publications here If you want to contact Dr. Larsson directly please email him at: Some of the books Dr. Larsson mentioned are:Discipline and Punish (1975)The History of Sexuality (1976)The Focault Reader edited by Paul Rabinow (1984)
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