In this episode, Dr. Justen O'Connor and I dive deeply into a discussion about autonomy, differentiation, assessment and curriculum and some key ideas that teachers might consider when planning for the most meaningful learning experiences possible in physical education. Justen's research work utilises systems thinking, social ecology and strengths-based approaches to explore curriculum and pedagogy associated with health, physical education, sport and lifetime physical activity. In our discussion, Justen shares his insight into the importance of physical educators differentiating learning experiences to meet the diverse needs of their students in PE and having an educative purpose behind all of the activities done in the the lessons and units taught.
I always enjoy my chats with Justen and am happy to have been able to capture this one on my podcast. If you know a physical educator who might benefit from listening to this episode, please share. Thanks
Justen has research experience that utilises systems thinking, social ecology and strengths-based approaches to explore curriculum and pedoagogy associated with health, physical education, sport and lifetime physical activity. He also has an interest in social justice within education and sports as well as informal forms of participation in movement. Justen’s research focuses on transforming existing community sport towards more inclusive practice and progressing alternative informal forms of participation in both community and education settings. His two significant research questions ask: 1) How can we reimagine policy and practice within community sport and physical education, so they open to a wider range of informal participation types, with global implications for health and inclusion? 2) How might we challenge sporting and physical education contexts to better recognise and reflect our diverse society?
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