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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.

 

Dr Ben Williams

School of Education and Professional Studies

Lecturer in Health and Physical Education

Fields of Expertise

  • Health and Physical Education (HPE)
  • HPE Curriculum and Policy
  • Initial Teacher Education
  • Assessment
  • Health Education

Speeches, Seminars and Presentations

Ben is active in delivering presentations and workshops featuring his research. Recent highlights include:

  • Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education in Five Propositions: Where Are We Now? ACHPER QLD State Conference, 2015.
  • Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education in Five Propositions: Include a critical inquiry Approach, ACHPER QLD State Conference, 2015.
  • What Is Your health and Fitness Age? Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference, 2014.

Industry Experience

  • Professional Memberships: Griffith Insitute for Educational Research, Australian Association for Research in Education,  Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation
  • External Service Roles: President, Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation Queensland Branch, State Panel Member, Senior Physical Education, Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority, Co-convenor, Health and Physical Education Special Interest Group, Australian Association for Research in Education
  • External Advisory Roles: Member, State Schools Alcohol Related Violence Stakeholder Reference Group, Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment, Member, Central Queensland Sporty Schools Reference Group, Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment

Research Expertise

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.

  • · (2018). Pedagogic rights and the acoustics of health and physical education teacher education: whose voices are heard? Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 23(5), 524–535.
  • · (2018). Tracing translations: The journey from evidence to policy to physical activity promotion campaigns. In Routledge Handbook of Physical Activity Policy and Practice (pp. 139–152).
  • · (2017). Tinkering through transition: on doctoring as an early -career academic in physical education and sport pedagogy. Sport, Education and Society, 22(1), 73–86.
  • · (2014). Explaining outsourcing in health, sport and physical education. Sport, Education and Society, 1–16.
  • · (2011). The outsourcing of health, sport and physical educational work: A state of play.Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 16(4), 399–415.

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