Maidan Summit 2011 - Graham Smith, EdgeHill University


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Mr Graham Smith in his presentation at Maidan Summit 2011 talked about the foundation of sport provisions in colleges and universities. Sharing a model from EdgeHill University, he mentioned six main categories for a good course on physical education and sport sciences. These were sport and exercise sciences, sport development, sport studies, sport therapy, coach education and coaching science, and physical education and school sport. In the course of his presentation, Smith elaborated on these categories in light of the ones existing in India and other parts of the world.

He also mentioned that a certain passion about teaching physical education is extremely important in deciding whether it goes a long way or not. Encouraging fundamentals, Smith concluded by saying that physical education and sport sciences is where sport starts. Therefore, the vision of achieving a healthy, active population can be achieved through it. Thus, it is for people involved in sports that they have to challenge policy and graduate change. If we don’t do that, we let down sports, we let down change, he said.

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Maidan Summit 2011 - Graham Smith, EdgeHill University

  1. 1. Dr. Graham Smith Maidan, SummitDelhi University, 2011
  2. 2.  Teaching children/young people Coaching (performance, participation) Managing sport Developing sport Treating sports injuries Optimising sporting performance Developing community/school/youth sport Employment in education-related professions (TA, school sport, FE, HE, community schemes) Employment in sports-related professions (fitness, leisure, law, journalism, marketing, policy)
  3. 3.  Across UK some variety at M level but much wider range available for undergraduate study – typically in single honours, joint award and major/minor combinations. Six main categories of course: 1. Sport & Exercise Sciences 2. Sport Development 3. Sports Studies 4. Sports Therapy 5. Coach Education/Coaching Science 6. Physical Education & School Sport Based on Edge Hill’s portfolio but other courses shown too *visit – or contact
  4. 4.  Usually include % of key disciplines –biomech, physiology, psychology.  Also possible to study – sports performance, sport psychology, conditioning, applied biomechanics, nutrition for sport and wellbeing, diet, fitness and health Exercise physiologists,Consistent demand. sports psychologists, GPVocations include: referral, fitness industry
  5. 5.  Concerned with local to national SD policy  Courses also available in – sport policy, sport management, sport and community leadership, sport business management, sport marketing, sport or recreation dev. SD policy (local/national)Steady course demand NGBs, NGOs, leisureEmployers include: centres, clubs, marketing
  6. 6.  Tend to be more ‘general’ in focus degrees – wider scope of content may include: Sport in society, cultural analysis, philosophy, sports journalism, public relations, sport technology, football studies, disability sport‘General’ course demand Sports admin, PG study,waning. Graduate variety of sports orgs.destinations are: Uniformed services
  7. 7.  Usually governed by NGB who control content/assessment (HPC pending). Not as expansive as physiotherapy since focus is sports injury but can study massage therapy, sports rehabilitation and health and fitness Private/public clinics,High course demand. gyms, clubs, massage,Employment includes: GP, rehab programmes
  8. 8.  Focus varies between elite/performance level to community, grass roots coaching for development. Courses available in science and coaching, community sports coaching, coaching pedagogy, sport development and conditioning coachesIncreasing course Pro Clubs, NGBs, NGOs,demand. Qualified leisure centres, national/coaches work for: community schemes
  9. 9.  As an educator of future generations considered a key component of sport- related development from individual, community, regional and national level. Most courses prepare for teaching (primary – secondary) but others focus on children and PE, PE and School Sport development, children & youth sport dev.Very High course Primary/High teaching,demand. PE teachers ATs, School/youth sportgraduate to: dev, community sport
  10. 10.  PE/SS experiences underpin all sport.  Through PE/SS children & young people develop holistically (SMSC). But, it is also a key means of embedding a positive attitude to sport - fun, continued participation, interest in range of aspects(health, work)PE/Sport keeps individuals PE/sport educates -and communities healthy informed lifestyle choice
  11. 11.  PE/SS – a truly inclusive subject discipline, engenders an education philosophy of ‘moving to learn’. Also promotes enjoyable, healthy activity and a desire to engage in sport – in whatever capacity, role, profession people choose.Passing the baton… …to an active life.
  12. 12.  1. Market research – talked to schools, colleges, employers, ITT agencies, DCMS, sport NGOs, NGBs, professional to community sport. We wanted to make difference and be different!! 2. Conceptual strategy – Inclusive philosophy. Prog aims (creative, positive and caring practitioners). HQ PE/SS. Content/Design must align with philosophy. 3. Delivery/good practice model - PBL core, students teach in each every session, link theory>practice, Uni and voluntary placements, electives, coaching courses – thinking outside box - builds ‘capacity’ too Our aim: Employability & to positively affect PE/Sport in schools, families and their communities & society
  13. 13. BA (Hons) Physical Education and School SportLevel 4 Safe and ProfessionalPersonal and Science of Practical Teaching in PE/Sport – Foundation Practice in PE and SchoolProfessional Movement – (40 Credits) Sport PE/Sport in SocietyDevelopment 1 Foundation (20 Credits) (20 Credits)(20 Credits) (20 Credits)Level 5 PE Pathway School Sport PathwayPersonal and Science of Practical Teaching in Research Expressive Developing School SportsProfessional Movement - Applied PE/Sport – Required Skills Methods Movement School Sport InitiativesDevelopment 2 (20 Credits) (40 Credits) (20 Credits) (20 Credits) (20 Credits) (20 Credits)(20 Credits)Level 6 PE Pathway School Sport PathwayContemporary Practical Teaching in Active PE Sport, Young Child (Holistic) Practice BasedIssues in PE and PE/Sport – Advanced Skills Pedagogy Research in People and the Development LearningSchool Sport (40 Credits) (20 Credits) Schools Community (20 Credits) (20 Credits)(20 Credits) (20 Credits) (20 Credits)
  14. 14. Sport is healthy Sport is fun
  15. 15. Sport can be the key to a Sport is a shared social,active future for anyone cultural, communal andand everyone Educative process
  16. 16. It can be about challenge It can be about winning
  17. 17. It can be about families But…It is for everyone!!!
  18. 18.  The vision that a healthy, active population can be achieved through HQPE/SS. It needs: People who care about our youngsters People who care about sporting chance People who see the wider benefits of sport People who support sport and performance People who want to see sport succeed Most of all we need PE/SS teachers who are innovative, inclusive and inspirational - that is where the process starts!!!
  19. 19.  PE/sport embedded throughout society PE/sport provision at community level Well structured and delivered school PE/Sport Strong, relevant PE/sport courses in Universities
  20. 20.  Any society wishing use PE and sport as a means of educational, social or cultural development should consider creating strong, mutually advantageous links with other societies. A good place to start is with Universities where practice-based learning model courses, supported by research activity, can influence both provision and evolution of PE and sport for the benefit of individuals, communities and society. All it needs is a positive first step to network/share.
  21. 21.  We have to challenge policy and entrenched mindsets. But change must be graduated to ensure its sustainability in achieving our vision for effective PE and sport delivery. We owe it to the children, to sport and to PE. PE teachers and sport itself are key change agents - ‘islands’ of excellence? Why not a subcontinent of excellence!!!
  22. 22.  Dr. Graham Smith Associate Head of Department Sport and Physical Activity Edge Hill University St. Helens Road, Ormskirk Lancashire, L39 4QP E-mail: