Thanks for the opportunity to talk to you.David and I want to take the chance over the next hour or so to talk you though a groundbreaking idea that we think we’ve had. Ultimately, we would like to draw upon your expertise to take the idea of a physical education practitioner research network in Bedford forwards.
So let me tell you a little bit about myself and why I have invested so much time in this idea.
Father to Madeline and ThomasHusband to Sarah
I was a secondary school physical education teacher for fifteen years.Seven of which I engaged in practitioner research
I have been working a the University of Bedfordshire teaching physical education student teachers for 9 months.
I completed my Ph.D at Leeds Metropolitan University that explored the use of innovative pedagogical approaches in physical education.
I have published a number of papers in practitioner research in academic and professional journals, and presented at international conferences.
I write a weekly blog at www.peprn.com called the ‘Physical Education Practitioner Research Network’.
I have developed a professional learning network on twitter where we talk about physical education, teachers, teaching, education, innovation and share good practice and ideas.
My interests in this endeavour focus around …
My career as a physical education teacher
In an effort to clarify where I am going as a physical educator
I am interested in knowledge mobilisation.In other words the dissemination of this body of research to, and with, physical educators.
But this doesn’t appear to be happening
We have choices
We want to know what might workAnd want to use you as an Expert Consultation Group and then, if we strike the right note, recruit from this room and the wider network of physical education teachers who you support.
So what is the physical education practitioner research network?It is a collaboration between the university and local schools and practitioners through face-to-face and web-based support.We are interested in exploring new ideas for physical education with you through free and sustained professional development opportunities. These will focus on innovative practice and practitioner research skills that will help those involved to use new practices in their schools with our support.
What are the benefits?
Free CPDWith buy out to pay for coverFour free half day courses exploring curriculum innovation such as Sport Education, Cooperative Learning and Teaching Games for Understanding underpinned by practitioner research.Support from experienced members of the physical education department through 21st century technology and personal support at the points of instigation i.e. your schools and classrooms.
Opportunities to take a route in a masters by research and ultimately a PhD.
What is in it…for
The development of the skills of the practitioner researcher
Assistance in undertaking a delimited range of studies focused on the teaching of physical education.
Benefits for us?
collaboration with teachers to move forwards physical education
engage in sustained and sustainable curriculum renewal through teacher professional development
What do we need and aspire to?
These are our ideasA sum of money (not huge) how is it best to spend it?Do we…
We have some choices to make
Take the path we have suggested…?Buy out participants to engage in models-based practice and practitioner research workshops and then support them at the point of implementation?
Arrange cluster group meetings and support these in discussions around curricular and practice change and then support them at the point of implementation?
Provide time for participants to engage as a community of practitioners based around an interactive, website and then support them at the point of implementation
These are the questions that would like your help with?
What do you think are the pressing concerns are for CPD?i.e. what do teachers feel they need?
Our ideas of the future of physical education centres on Models-Based Practices like Sport Education that are jointly evolved by teachers and researchers.
And offer expertise in these areas to engage in sustained and sustainable curriculum renewal through teacher professional development
Practitioner Research Network
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