I am committed to helping schools and teachers provide all young people with the highest quality health and physical education possible
Dr Ben Williams is a Lecturer in Health and Physical Education at Griffith University. Before moving into the tertiary sector, Ben was a secondary school HPE teacher in Brisbane. His PhD research explored the issues associated with the outsourcing of HPE and school sport, and his current research examines the ways that different forms of evidence are used to teach people about their health in innovative campaigns and programs. Ben is a member of the Griffith Institute for Educational Research and is also President of the Australian Council of Health, Physical Education and Recreation’s (ACHPER) Queensland branch.
Ben studies the pedagogic decision-making of health and physical educators working in and beyond schools. He explores how health and physical educators make decisions about what to teach, how to teach, and how to evaluate what young people know, do and value regarding physical activity, health and the body. In addition, Ben also considers how these decisions ought to be made and how health and physical educators’ pedagogic decision-making can be shifted towards educationally worthwhile and socially just actions and outcomes.
Ben is active in delivering presentations and workshops featuring his research. Recent highlights include:
Ben’s research focuses on the ways in which people learn, and are taught, about health, physical activity, and their body. This research covers a variety of formal and informal settings like school programs, public health campaigns, and digital media, among others. To do this, Ben draws on ideas and findings from the social sciences and the humanities, particularly the field of science and technology studies. Through his research, Ben has worked with government departments of education and health. He has also worked closely with government and nongovernment schools, state sporting organisations, privately-run sport and recreation organisations, advertising agencies, and market researchers.
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