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If it’s said enough times does it make it true?

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education Two weeks ago I explored Fernández-Balboa’s ...

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Written by Ash Casey on 07 Dec 2018
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Healthying physical education

Introduction This paper was first presented as the 2018 Scholar Lecture at the British Educational Research Ass...

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Written by Ash Casey on 30 Nov 2018
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A 21st century education: ‘New’ teachers and critical pedagogy for the digital age

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education Originally Published 134th February 2013   Pr...

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Written by Ash Casey on 23 Nov 2018
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Youth Sport and Positive Youth Development

In this paper, Fraser-Thomas et al (2005) argue for an ‘asset building’ approach, as opposed to a &lsquo...

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Written by Ash Casey on 16 Nov 2018
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The wrong horse for the life course?: Offerings in physical education aren’t representative of lifelong activities

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education: Orginally published 7th Feb 2013 In the previous un...

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Written by Ash Casey on 09 Nov 2018
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Curriculum, pedagogy and assessment

Penney and colleagues argue that with the increased emphasis on physical activity for life has come an accompanying ...

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Written by Ash Casey on 02 Nov 2018
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Class dismissed! Working in a classless society where class is an invisible determinant of success

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education: Originially published 1st February 2013 In the prev...

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Written by Ash Casey on 26 Oct 2018
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Hide and seek: teachers alone cannot plan for what students’ learn at school

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education. Orginal Published 24th January 2013 In the pre...

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Written by Ash Casey on 19 Oct 2018
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The role of the teacher in moral education

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education Originally published 17th January 2013 In the previo...

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Written by Ash Casey on 12 Oct 2018
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Meaningful Experiences in Physical Education and Youth Sport

Introduction: The authors undertook to review empirical research published since 1987 to ascertain th...

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Written by Ash Casey on 05 Oct 2018
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Movement is as much a part of physical education as its analysis

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education originally published 10th January 2013 In the pre...

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Written by Ash Casey on 28 Sep 2018
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Teachers as policy actors

 Teachers as policy actors: co-creating and enacting crucial inquiry in secondary health and physical educatio...

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Written by Ash Casey on 21 Sep 2018
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The importance of what is said and what is done

Major Themes in Physical Education Revisited Volume I: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education ( ...

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Written by Ash Casey on 14 Sep 2018
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PEPRN Unlocked

If you’re reading this you are doing so on the third iteration of the PEPRN blog. I’ve been working hard...

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Written by Ash Casey on 07 Sep 2018
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Overview of Practitioner Research

There is no one way of doing practitioner research. Instead, there is a commitment to meaningful and ongoing pedagog...

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Written by Ash Casey on 24 Aug 2018
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Aligning Beliefs and Actions

In the penultimate blog in this series on Practitioner Research I ponder the conundrum of matching our beliefs to ou...

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Written by Ash Casey on 10 Aug 2018
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Ethical Responsibility

To act ethically is not something that you simply do. Every encounter and interaction is an ethical decision. It mig...

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Written by Ash Casey on 27 Jul 2018
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Acknowledging Bias

I’m bias. I know I am. I realise that I am bias in ways I’m comfortable with. I like dogs more than cats...

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Written by Ash Casey on 13 Jul 2018
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Using Self-Study of Practice

Our own histories inform the histories of others. The past help us to make choices today and in the future, and thes...

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Written by Ash Casey on 22 Jun 2018
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Using Autoethnography

The teacher-coach is a well-recognised entity in physical education; but it is not a standardised model. In some cou...

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Written by Ash Casey on 08 Jun 2018
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Using Narrative Inquiry

This week we explore the work of Brian Lewis – with the help of Lee Schaefer and Sean Lessard – to ...

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Written by Ash Casey on 25 May 2018
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Using Action Research

If you were reading the book you would have now reached the end of Part II and would, we hoped (as authors), have a ...

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Written by Ash Casey on 11 May 2018
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Self-Study of Practice

Self-study of practice is a methodology that blends all of the previously discussed methodologies (i.e., action rese...

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Written by Ash Casey on 20 Apr 2018
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Autoethnography

This blog covers the third of the four practitioner research approaches we included in our book and, to be honest, w...

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Written by Ash Casey on 06 Apr 2018
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Narrative Inquiry

In the previous blog I drew on my own experiences of action research but in writing this blog I am grateful to Lee S...

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Written by Ash Casey on 23 Mar 2018
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Action Research

Henry and Kemmis (1985, p. 1) defined action research as: a form of self-reflective enquiry undertaken by partic...

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Written by Ash Casey on 09 Mar 2018
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Taking practitioner research into the field

Self-improvement, home improvement, mind and body improvement, educational improvement etc. etc. Nothing, it seems, ...

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Written by Ash Casey on 23 Feb 2018
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The Next PEPRN blog Series

PEPRN was conceived as a vehicle to talk with practitioners and colleagues about research. If you read the aims of t...

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Written by Ash Casey on 09 Feb 2018
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Next

The title of this week's blog is 'next'. Originally it was going to be 'two becomes three' and I envisioned writing ...

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Written by Ash Casey on 26 Jan 2018
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When is a model a model?

This single question (and multiple variations of it) is my million-dollar question. Ok, my couple of hundred dollars...

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Written by Ash Casey on 12 Jan 2018
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Model Fidelity

In my research over the last few years I’ve advocated strongly for Model Fidelity. At the heart of this advoca...

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Written by Ash Casey on 08 Dec 2017
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Grey Areas

I remember deliberately having grey areas on my timetable. I know this because that’s how I shaded them in. Th...

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Written by Ash Casey on 24 Nov 2017
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One becomes Two

Perhaps, given my assertion in the second blog of this series that “direct instruction has a meaningful and im...

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Written by Ash Casey on 10 Nov 2017
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From tiny acorns

“Mighty oaks from tiny acorns grow” or as Geoffrey Chaucer (1374) wrote “"as an ook cometh of a li...

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Written by Ash Casey on 27 Oct 2017
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First steps

The adage suggests that the first step is the hardest. Perhaps it is. The problem, from the perspective of this blog...

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Written by Ash Casey on 13 Oct 2017
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Where to start? Finding a pedagogical place for a pedagogical model

Where to start? There are a dozen pedagogical models. More, depending on how you define and delimit them, and each o...

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Written by Ash Casey on 29 Sep 2017
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Direct Instruction is a model too

Direct instruction has a poor reputation. Regardless of the language used to describe it – command style, teac...

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Written by Ash Casey on 15 Sep 2017
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Step away from the multi-activity curriculum

#Physed and #Physeders get a raw deal. We’re poorly represented in the media, often blamed for our nation&rsqu...

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Written by Ash Casey on 01 Sep 2017
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A New Blog Series: Forthcoming

I made the decision, in late 2012, to blog about research and the PEPRN blog was born. In October 2015, after nearly...

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Written by Ash Casey on 15 Aug 2017
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Participation that doesn’t cost the Earth

How much plastic is in your store cupboard? How much of your equipment eventually goes to landfill? Looking back on ...

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Written by Ash Casey on 09 Feb 2016
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Self-directed activity

In the field of sport pedagogy in Germany there has been an increasingly loud call, one that I would argue is being ...

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Written by Ash Casey on 02 Feb 2016
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Actively Engaged Learning Community

At the heart of this chapter is an aspiration to create a learning community involving teachers and academics. Indee...

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Written by Ash Casey on 26 Jan 2016
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Sink or Swim together

Ben and I first broached the idea of this book last decade and then spent some time ‘gathering’ chapter ...

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Written by Ash Casey on 19 Jan 2016
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Time to breathe

I will therefore hit pause and pick up the new blog in the new year. I feel that the combined effort of reading, blo...

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Written by Ash Casey on 20 Oct 2015
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Taking Tactical Creativity into Your Practice

Throughout his book Memmert has advocated for the need to help players to be more tactically creative. He wants teac...

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Written by Ash Casey on 13 Oct 2015
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Teaching Tactical Creativity

Memmert sets out to “demonstrate how teachers and coaches can foster tactical creativity in different basic ta...

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Written by Ash Casey on 06 Oct 2015
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Assessing Tactical Creativity

Tactical creativity (the stuff of legends) currently exists as an ethereal and fragile notion or die and yet to gain...

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Written by Ash Casey on 29 Sep 2015
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The six Ds of Tactical Creativity

In the previous blog we touched on the six Ds of Memmert’s Tactical Creativity Approach (TCA), i.e. Deliberate...

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Written by Ash Casey on 22 Sep 2015
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Teaching Tactical Creativity

Memmert borrows the words of Sidney Crosby, a twenty-three year old hockey player, to try and explain how some playe...

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Written by Ash Casey on 15 Sep 2015
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Thinking differently not just well

There are many people who advocate a game-centred approach to teaching and coaching. Well-established approaches (su...

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Written by Ash Casey on 08 Sep 2015
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Being divergent

School, it seems, prepares us to assemble the facts and bring them together to find a solution. In other words, it r...

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Written by Ash Casey on 01 Sep 2015
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Creating Creativity-Supporting Environments

The very notion of creativity is one associated with uniqueness, originality and/or intuition. It is about finding t...

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Written by Ash Casey on 25 Aug 2015
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Walking the Talk

The sense (one I share with authors) on concluding this book is one of disappointment. Not overriding disappointment...

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Written by Ash Casey on 28 Jul 2015
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The Sound of Silence

What isn’t being said? It seems, moving through Rossi and colleagues’ book, that paying attention to wha...

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Written by Ash Casey on 21 Jul 2015
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Staffroom Micropolitics

What has emerged from this series of blogs is a very real sense that new teachers are not free to simply be who they...

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Written by Ash Casey on 14 Jul 2015
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Creating spaces of possibility not expectation

What are emerging teachers learning when they go into schools? Are they learning how to teach or how students learn ...

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Written by Ash Casey on 07 Jul 2015
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Hiding in plain ‘site’…

There is a certain order of things, it seems, when it comes to the workplace. There is a state of equilibrium, a &ls...

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Written by Ash Casey on 30 Jun 2015
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And the Oscar goes to…

Strategy, it seems, is not left on the playing fields of physical education but is significant in departmental space...

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Written by Ash Casey on 23 Jun 2015
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Keeping up appearances

Wanted: Teacher of Physical Education.  Key Skills: Must share the same interests in traditional male sports...

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Written by Ash Casey on 16 Jun 2015
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Significant dimensions of workplace learning

The Japanese have an expression “a man (sic) is what room he is in right now”. Put more simply this mean...

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Written by Ash Casey on 09 Jun 2015
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Searching and re-searching the stories of our field

The “toxic jock” is a story that is frequently told in the media. It is one of oppression and belittleme...

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Written by Ash Casey on 02 Jun 2015
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What is professional, workplace learning?

Most people would struggle to win an argument that insisted that what happens in the workplace of a lawyer, a doctor...

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Written by Ash Casey on 26 May 2015
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Learning to be a teacher

One of the undisputed ‘truths’ of teacher education is that learning to be a teacher requires the learne...

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Written by Ash Casey on 19 May 2015
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Hopes and Olympic dreams

I'm sure at one point in many of our lives we have all dreamed of playing at the elite level. Whether that is in spo...

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Written by Ash Casey on 08 May 2015
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Run Marianne, Run

When Forrest Gump ran for the first time there was a perception that he couldn’t but he would be the exception...

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Written by Ash Casey on 01 May 2015
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The boy who ‘used to’

Sometimes we make our own decisions and leave pursuits of our past in the past, for example when end our competitive...

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Written by Ash Casey on 24 Apr 2015
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Fitting in when you don’t know the ‘rules’

We’ve all watched documentaries (I would have thought) that see explorers journeying deep into the jungle to m...

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Written by Ash Casey on 17 Apr 2015
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Finding value in running…again

We often focus on what we can’t do and where the risks are and forget that greater competence, confidence and ...

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Written by Ash Casey on 10 Apr 2015
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Running before she can walk…

Why do we have running or sustained running lessons in schools? To improve students’ fitness? Their endurance?...

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Written by Ash Casey on 27 Mar 2015
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Balancing the drive to well with ‘down time’

Even model students need our help. It is easy to get caught up with those who struggle and it is equally easy to ass...

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Written by Ash Casey on 20 Mar 2015
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Reformulating the acceptable stories about women and sport

Girls are girly and they don’t play aggressive and explosive sports like football. They might throw like a gir...

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Written by Ash Casey on 13 Mar 2015
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“I learn about things I can’t use in my life”

How many kids walk out of their lessons and leave experiences and say “but…”? We need to help you...

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Written by Ash Casey on 06 Mar 2015
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This girl can...well could

Our focus on “our sports” (as teachers and families) and on traditional sports acts as a very real barri...

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Written by Ash Casey on 27 Feb 2015
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All for one…

Sometimes we don’t often get the time to speak to the parents of the students we teach. The role of specialist...

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Written by Ash Casey on 20 Feb 2015
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Who decides what ‘at risk’ means?

A student misses two coaching sessions in a season, would you question their commitment to the team? If these sessio...

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Written by Ash Casey on 13 Feb 2015
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Sexual harassment and cyber bullying

Many of the activities that occur in school and sports clubs are public but increasingly they are also occurring in ...

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Written by Ash Casey on 06 Feb 2015
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Whose needs are being served?

As parents, coaches, and teachers we’re often faced with a dilemma as to how much we encourage young people to...

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Written by Ash Casey on 30 Jan 2015
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Making educational decisions based on preconceptions

The previous blog explored the pedagogical case of Deshane whose life and the conflicting things he witnessed on a d...

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Written by Ash Casey on 23 Jan 2015
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Challenges on the inside and outside

The previous blog explored the pedagogical case of Patrick, a seven year-old boy with autism. He is isolated from hi...

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Written by Ash Casey on 16 Jan 2015
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Meeting the needs of all learners

The previous blog explored the pedagogical case of Kate, a six year old who was doing well in most areas of school e...

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Written by Ash Casey on 09 Jan 2015
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Kate - recognising the problem

The previous blog explored the case of Sophie and, through the lenses of physical activity, motor development, exerc...

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Written by Ash Casey on 19 Dec 2014
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Sophie – active but not physically

The previous blog marked a change of direction (and a change of book) for the blog. Drawing on the twenty chapters (...

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Written by Ash Casey on 12 Dec 2014
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Putting Humpty Dumpty back together again

The previous blog, the last using papers from Routledge’s four-volume book ‘Physical Education’,...

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Written by Ash Casey on 05 Dec 2014
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Change as a ‘belt and braces’ endeavour

The previous blog highlighted how we make inferences about particular situations. Indeed, it suggested, and in speci...

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Written by Ash Casey on 28 Nov 2014
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Inferences and conclusions

The previous blog considered the dominance of sport in the PE curriculum. It questioned how this ‘one way&rsqu...

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Written by Ash Casey on 21 Nov 2014
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Believing doesn’t make it real

The previous blog built on previous work and presented findings from a review of research on sport education to argu...

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Written by Ash Casey on 14 Nov 2014
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Evidence of change or developing the evidence base.

The previous blog explored how what we do and what physical activities we participate in are shaped by the culture i...

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Written by Ash Casey on 07 Nov 2014
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The impact of colonialism

The previous blog explored the fundamental elements of the Sport Education model and asked us to consider what the k...

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Written by Ash Casey on 31 Oct 2014
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A sport education

The previous blog considered the idea of how physical education encourages us to consider why we are ‘sporty&r...

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Written by Ash Casey on 24 Oct 2014
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Why #physed?

The previous blog considered assessment of game performance. Building on the theme of Teaching Games for Understandi...

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Written by Ash Casey on 17 Oct 2014
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Degrees of expertise

The previous blog explored the idea of “if-then-do” knowledge and how it is developed in games. The &lsq...

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Written by Ash Casey on 10 Oct 2014
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If-then-do

The previous blog asked how we might start to notice and then challenge the ‘things’ that hide in plain ...

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Written by Ash Casey on 03 Oct 2014
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Dead Dogs

The previous blog revisited a paper from the mid 1980s – one which owes in origins to work done in the late 60...

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Written by Ash Casey on 26 Sep 2014
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Getting purpose and process right

The previous blog looked at the idea that we need to stop once in a while least life pass us by. Drawing on work in ...

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Written by Ash Casey on 19 Sep 2014
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Purposeful silence and reflection

The previous blog looked at an expanded notion of the Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) model and argued that ...

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Written by Ash Casey on 12 Sep 2014
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Game On (for everyone)

The previous blog explored the development of a hybrid Sport Education and Teaching Personal and Social Responsibili...

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Written by Ash Casey on 05 Sep 2014
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Reinventing the wheel is a good thing

The previous blog explored the notion of health-related exercise (HRE) in education and argued that we’ve take...

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Written by Ash Casey on 29 Aug 2014
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“Start of level five…beep, beep, beeeeeeeep”

The previous blog sought to look beyond the apparent importance of techniques in physical education and club sports ...

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Written by Ash Casey on 22 Aug 2014
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Understanding the game in new terms

The previous blog argued that dance is a way of moving that has been looked at through a limited viewfinder. It has ...

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Written by Ash Casey on 08 Aug 2014
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“I Can’t Dance” as the expected response

The previous blog argued that, despite our best intentions, a multi-sport curriculum is not capable of achieving the...

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Written by Ash Casey on 01 Aug 2014
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Chocolate teapots

The previous blog looked at three pedagogical models (Sport Education, Teaching Games for Understanding and Cooperat...

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Written by Ash Casey on 25 Jul 2014
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Creating authentic learning experiences

The previous blog explored the idea of trusting our students to facilitate, support and thrive in a learner-centred ...

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Written by Ash Casey on 18 Jul 2014
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Learning to teach again and again

The previous blog looked at the pedagogical model, TPSR (Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility), and the impac...

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Written by Ash Casey on 11 Jul 2014
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Teaching ‘the unteachables’

The previous blog explored what I consider to be one of the seminal papers written about games teaching. It explored...

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Written by Ash Casey on 04 Jul 2014
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Turning games teaching inside out

The previous blog explored the recent report by OfSTED (the Office for Standards in Education) jn the UK which expre...

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Written by Ash Casey on 27 Jun 2014
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Nanos gigantum humeris insidentes – Not!

The previous blog asked if we are caught, like a rabbit, in the headlights of indecision. In other words, do we alre...

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Written by Ash Casey on 20 Jun 2014
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It’s broke: fix it

The previous blog explored research that originated in the US and France around teaching the content of physical edu...

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Written by Ash Casey on 13 Jun 2014
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Lost in articulation

The previous blog looked at the idea that teaching (and by this I don’t mean learning) is dependant on the coo...

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Written by Ash Casey on 06 Jun 2014
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Appearances can be deceiving

The previous blog considered the lens through which we view ‘good practice’ and subsequently the ways we...

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Written by Ash Casey on 30 May 2014
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Technically that was a good lesson but socially…

The previous blog argued that student teachers are almost forced into a culture of compliance and replication that s...

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Written by Ash Casey on 23 May 2014
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Needs must…

The previous blog suggested that we have focussed too much attention to the ology’s of physical education and ...

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Written by Ash Casey on 16 May 2014
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Eminently replaceable?

The previous blog explored the idea of bio-pedagogy and argued that we should stop being idiotés and instea...

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Written by Ash Casey on 09 May 2014
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Don’t be an idiotés

The previous blog explored the theoretical shift that occurred between the first and second drafts of Mosston’...

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Written by Ash Casey on 02 May 2014
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Let’s talk about pedagogy

The previous blog questioned the ‘truth’ behind the ideas we hold so dear. Like those who believed the w...

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Written by Ash Casey on 25 Apr 2014
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The assumptions we make…and defend

The previous blog asked if the things we say we believe in when it comes to education actually feature in our lesson...

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Written by Ash Casey on 18 Apr 2014
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What am I in this to achieve and for whom?

The previous blog explored aesthetics and embodied learning and blew the lid off the can that suggests that aestheti...

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Written by Ash Casey on 11 Apr 2014
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I gotta feeling

The previous blog looked at skill acquisition and skill analysis as two sides of the same coin that need to be devel...

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Written by Ash Casey on 04 Apr 2014
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Helping the village to raise each child

The previous blog explored the notion of socialisation and asked how much of what occurred to an individual, both be...

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Written by Ash Casey on 28 Mar 2014
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May the force(s) be with you

The previous blog looked at the idea of good pedagogy and argued that it means different things to different people ...

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Written by Ash Casey on 21 Mar 2014
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When does the end justify the means?

The previous blog looked at the inherent difficulties of pedagogical change and of stepping away from the “tra...

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Written by Ash Casey on 14 Mar 2014
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Knowing the difference between changeable and unchangeable practices

The previous blog looked back on a paper written nearly 40 years ago and asked if PE still stands on the outskirts o...

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Written by Ash Casey on 07 Mar 2014
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Are we still on the outside looking in?

The previous blog asked if the similarities of practice in PE are such that it is beyond the capacity of individuals...

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Written by Ash Casey on 28 Feb 2014
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Do ‘we’ have a pack mentality?

The previous blog explored the idea of ‘gamesmanship’ in the act of being a student. By being compliant,...

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Written by Ash Casey on 21 Feb 2014
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Playing the student game

Volume 3: Teachers, teaching and teacher education in physical education The previous blog explored the idea of...

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Written by Ash Casey on 13 Feb 2014
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“What do you see? Is it the same as me? I assume it is…”

Volume 3: Teachers, teaching and teacher education in physical education   The previous blog talked about...

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Written by Ash Casey on 07 Feb 2014
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“Don't mention the war”: Gender as an acceptable silence in PE

Volume 3: Teachers, teaching and teacher education in physical education The previous blog looked at the streng...

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Written by Ash Casey on 31 Jan 2014
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I already believe…so good luck changing my mind

Volume 3: Teachers, teaching and teacher education in physical education The previous blog looked at how teache...

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Written by Ash Casey on 24 Jan 2014
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Round and round the merry-go-round

Volume 3: Teachers, teaching and teacher education in physical education The previous blog asked what the impac...

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Written by Ash Casey on 17 Jan 2014
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Be careful what you ask for – you might keep getting it.

Volume 3: Teachers, teaching and teacher education in physical education The previous blog looked at profession...

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Written by Ash Casey on 10 Jan 2014
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Is professional development as useful as more ice is to the Inuit?

Volume 3: Teachers, teaching and teacher education in physical education The previous blog suggested that what ...

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Written by Ash Casey on 03 Jan 2014
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2013 Blog Index

Blog 1 - The importance of what is said and what is done in the name of physical education Examines the incons...

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Written by Ash Casey on 31 Dec 2013
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Girls and Boys and hidden messages

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education The previous blog we considered peer-assisted learning (i...

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Written by Ash Casey on 20 Dec 2013
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Learning from our PAL’s.

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education The previous blog we explored the idea that many children...

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Written by Ash Casey on 13 Dec 2013
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Is student autonomy a precursor to lifelong physical activity?

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education The previous blog explored the differing forms of instruc...

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Written by Ash Casey on 06 Dec 2013
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Choices in teaching and learning

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education The previous blog returned to a paper published in 1992 a...

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Written by Ash Casey on 29 Nov 2013
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Why Rip wouldn't be winkled if he was a PE teacher

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education The previous blog asked if our beliefs around the nature ...

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Written by Ash Casey on 22 Nov 2013
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‘Walking the talk’ around the nature and purpose of PE

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education   In the previous blog I explored research arou...

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Written by Ash Casey on 15 Nov 2013
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Including rather than ‘fitting in’ students with Special Educational Needs

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education In the previous blog I suggested that game play is an inh...

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Written by Ash Casey on 08 Nov 2013
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The obvious one of the pass in the game

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education In the previous blog we asked what learning theories info...

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Written by Ash Casey on 01 Nov 2013
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Experiential Learning as a community experience

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education In the previous blog we asked what cultural experiences c...

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Written by Ash Casey on 25 Oct 2013
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I am the king of the jungle and you’re the dirty rascal

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education In the previous blog we explored girls’ perceptions...

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Written by Ash Casey on 18 Oct 2013
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“I feel pretty, oh so pretty…” but don’t talk to the ugly sister

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education   In the previous blog we investigated the impact t...

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Written by Ash Casey on 04 Oct 2013
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Take care of the basics and the rest will start to look after itself

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education In the previous blog we investigated the ‘muddy wat...

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Written by Ash Casey on 27 Sep 2013
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Why teaching and learning is far more complex than a “process-product” equation.

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education   In the previous blog we asked what types of exper...

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Written by Ash Casey on 20 Sep 2013
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Q: “What did you learn in PE today?” A: “how to stand in a queue.”

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education In the previous blog we explored Kirk’s discussions...

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Written by Ash Casey on 13 Sep 2013
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Get ‘em young and keep ‘em keen

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education   In the previous blog we explored one the first em...

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Written by Ash Casey on 06 Sep 2013
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Students’ rush in where teachers fear to tread: Sport Education as student-centred approach

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education In the previous blog we explored the idea that more is be...

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Written by Ash Casey on 30 Aug 2013
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“Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water”: Might multi-activity programmes be a good thing?

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education In the previous blog we explored Flintoff and Scraton&rsq...

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Written by Ash Casey on 23 Aug 2013
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Why isn't PE taken seriously by girls when physical activity is on the rise?

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education In the previous blog we explored the experiences of five ...

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Written by Ash Casey on 16 Aug 2013
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Being ‘normal’ in PE: Unrealistic measures of ability for disabled students

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education In the previous blog we reconsidered Ennis’s notion...

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Written by Ash Casey on 08 Aug 2013
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I’m Sorry. I’m Sorry. I’m Sorry. But is sorry enough?

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education In the previous blog we explored how ability has been asc...

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Written by Ash Casey on 02 Aug 2013
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Ability is a fixed concept, but shouldn’t it be fluid?

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education   In the previous blog we explored the link between...

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Written by Ash Casey on 12 Jul 2013
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Tipping the balance: Should PE have a fair handicapping system?

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education   In the previous blog we explored the idea that ...

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Written by Ash Casey on 05 Jul 2013
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Knowing about something is not the same as doing it: Girls apparent engagement and disengagement in PE

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education   In the previous blog we explored the ideas ar...

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Written by Ash Casey on 28 Jun 2013
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The ends and not the means of PE: Who decides which is important?

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education In the previous blog we explored physical literacy that...

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Written by Ash Casey on 21 Jun 2013
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Life is learnt through what ‘I can’ do rather than just what I think

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education   In the previous blog it was suggested that ...

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Written by Ash Casey on 14 Jun 2013
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Tinkering around the edges is not enough: gender sensitive physical activity programmes

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education In the previous blog we explored that through ‘ou...

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Written by Ash Casey on 07 Jun 2013
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“Mirror, Mirror on the wall who is the slimmest of them all?”

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education In the previous blog we explored the idea of valuing th...

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Written by Ash Casey on 30 May 2013
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Clean water, fresh food, a roof over your head, a job, and physical activity opportunities: The right to be healthy should include all the basics...shouldn't it?

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education In the previous blog we explored the ways in which bein...

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Written by Ash Casey on 24 May 2013
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Physical capital is worth more than the paper it’s written on and yet are we even aware of it?

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education In the previous blog we explored the argument that phys...

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Written by Ash Casey on 17 May 2013
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Health, Physical Activity and Physical Education: One way of squaring the circle

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education In the previous blog we explored the key issue that fac...

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Written by Ash Casey on 10 May 2013
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Challenges and pressing agendas: Thinking more about what we need to do and less about what we like to do

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education   In the previous blog we explored the idea that ac...

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Written by Ash Casey on 03 May 2013
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Changing the Sun: themes rather than activities as the centre of children’s learning

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education   In the previous blog we explored what it mean...

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Written by Ash Casey on 26 Apr 2013
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“A rose by any other name”: Problems of identity in physical education

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education In the previous blog we explored the idea that sports a...

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Written by Ash Casey on 19 Apr 2013
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Barking up the wrong tree: Games and Sports as the reasons why we work

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education   In the previous blog we explored how, in the ...

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Written by Ash Casey on 12 Apr 2013
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Imitation as the highest form of flattery, until something better comes along

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education In the previous blog we explored a twenty-year old argu...

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Written by Ash Casey on 05 Apr 2013
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“PE is something to get through”: If it ain’t broke then why do so many kids not like it?

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education In the previous blog we explored the idea that we need ...

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Written by Ash Casey on 29 Mar 2013
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“It’s behind you!”: Looking forwards as an alternative future for physical education

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education In the previous blog we explored the idea that school i...

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Written by Ash Casey on 22 Mar 2013
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“It’s just not Cricket, old boy”: the place of school in preparing compliant young people

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education In the previous blog we explored the highly contested p...

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Written by Ash Casey on 15 Mar 2013
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When is PE not PE? When it’s School Sport

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education In the previous blog we explore a paper written more th...

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Written by Ash Casey on 08 Mar 2013
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The Ghost of Physical Education Past

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education In the previous blog we explored Gard and Wright’...

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Written by Ash Casey on 01 Mar 2013
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You're only as a good as your last game...

As a sportsman this is something that I heard all the time...especially as a young player. In the world of social me...

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Written by Ash Casey on 31 Dec 2012
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Is ‘once upon a time’ still a viable plotline?: storytelling as pedagogues

As I sit to write - be it this blog, a lesson plan, a presentation or a research paper - I like to think of the stor...

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Written by Ash Casey on 06 Oct 2012
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Physical Literacy in the Secondary School

By Margaret Whitehead I am pleased to report that there are five teachers who are actively looking at ways of eng...

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Written by Ash Casey on 14 Sep 2012
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The Chicken or the Egg? Changing expectations in order to change practice in schools

Practice are not created and developed by individual teachers but is subject to expectation and cultural histories...

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Written by Ash Casey on 18 May 2012
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The Chicken or the Egg? Changing expectations in order to change practice in schools

Practice are not created and developed by individual teachers but is subject to expectation and cultural histories...

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Written by Ash Casey on 18 May 2012
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Opening lines of communication in physical education

On the twenty-year anniversary of the scholar lecture at the Physical Education Special Interest Group (SIG) invisib...

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Written by Ash Casey on 14 Apr 2012
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Physical Literacy

I am delighted to say that Professor Margaret Whitehead has joined PEPRN and has created a physical literacy discuss...

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Written by Ash Casey on 19 Jan 2012
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A beginner's/teacher's guide to developing a virtual identity or How I learned to love my avatar (by Brendan Jones)

As a PE teacher you wouldn’t expect your students to sharpen their quills and top up their ink wells before a ...

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Written by Ash Casey on 23 Dec 2011
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The stickiest situation since Sticky the Stick insect got caught on a sticky bun

My “go to” book of the year, the one that I have recommended to all my friends and the one I am now reco...

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Written by Ash Casey on 22 Dec 2011
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Teacher-as-researcher (Guest Blog)

My guest blog on the 'Education is Physical' Blog can be found at:  http://educationisphysical.wordpress.com/20...

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Written by Ash Casey on 21 Dec 2011
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How has physical education changed?

Some would argue that it hasn’t while others would say that it has changed fundamentally. I guess it depends &...

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Written by Ash Casey on 19 Dec 2011
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Finding the right forum for talking with teachers

I have been in higher education for a term over two years now and the one thing I continue to struggle with it findi...

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Written by Ash Casey on 18 Dec 2011
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Ten things I learnt this year...

In undertaking the 30 day blogging challenge I am faced with a conundrum for day two....a 'top tips' blog...I though...

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Written by Ash Casey on 17 Dec 2011
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One-in-ten schools 'failing'

Lead articles today in the Guardian ( http://goo.gl/mXik7 ) and the Telegraph ( http://goo.gl/76jCT ) - among other ...

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Written by Ash Casey on 15 Dec 2011
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How to plan a unit of work in cooperative learning?

The act of using Cooperative Learning (by ensuring that the non-negotiable elements of individual accountability, po...

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Written by Ash Casey on 08 Dec 2011
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The teacher them self

In considering my role as a teacher and now a teachereducator I have become increasingly interested in self-study. T...

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Written by Ash Casey on 05 Dec 2011
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In the name of Physical Education

I have had the pleasure of reading the 200 word reflective blogs of either our new students physical education exper...

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Written by Ash Casey on 07 Nov 2011
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When did fun become a four-letter word?

When did mentioning fun in physical education become likeswearing on prime time TV? I am struggling at the moment to...

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Written by Ash Casey on 23 Sep 2011
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Students and teacher responses to a unit of student-designed games.

Practitioner Summary: Thetraditional games persist in schools well into the 21st century andthe age-old problems of ...

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Written by Ash Casey on 20 Sep 2011
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The first time

On the final afternoon of my family’s recent trip toScotland I had the opportunity to reflect on how much of a succe...

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Written by Ash Casey on 25 Aug 2011
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How do you know…?

Since returning from Japan my reflections have centred onthe lack of evidence to support what we do in physical educ...

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Written by Ash Casey on 03 Aug 2011
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The global challenges facing physical education...

I have been fortunateenough to spend a few days in Tsukuba, Japan as part of summer school withcolleagues from Korea...

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Written by Ash Casey on 22 Jul 2011
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Reflections on Physical Literacy

The “container generation” have been both deposited and then carried around in their portable seats for ...

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Written by Ash Casey on 30 Jun 2011
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What is the best conference you have attended or CPD you have been part of? and why?

Since I have recently got back from AIESEP conference in Limerick I thought it would be interesting to share the con...

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Written by Ash Casey on 27 Jun 2011
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Play Time

After three days in Limerick, Ireland as one of a gathering of renowned, emerging and/or aspiring physical education...

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Written by Ash Casey on 25 Jun 2011
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Expected behaviour and practice?

Policeman, lawyer, scientist, teacher. The very names of these professions already tells us what to expect when we me...

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Written by Ash Casey on 20 Jun 2011
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Teachers and reserachers as collaborators: School and university collaboration

There is a large body of research that describes and explains the potential benefits of school/university collabor...

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Written by Ash Casey on 11 Jun 2011
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Research summary – Using video analysis in physical education

Ben Jones (@benpaddlejones) and I have just completed a research paper looking at his use video analysis in physical...

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Written by Ash Casey on 07 Jun 2011
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Talking research

Talking research I wonder if reading as an academic is worthwhile if the audience for most of my learning is me? ...

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Written by Ash Casey on 28 May 2011
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The question

I have been working with some colleagues on my reflective practice. As a result of these initial conversation I have...

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Written by Ash Casey on 10 Mar 2011
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The differing faces of education

What does your version of education or physical education look like? I ask thequestion as I have just read a paper b...

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Written by Ash Casey on 18 Feb 2011
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Teacher as researcher and the future survival of physical education

In the last year I've had the opportunity to visit and talkwith teachers and teacher educators in Spain, Ireland and...

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Written by Ash Casey on 23 Jan 2011
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An American in Paris

“Thanks for coming all the way from the Swiss Alps. Are the huskiesoutside?” This was the greeting I received from...

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Written by Ash Casey on 22 Dec 2010
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Primeval me

Primeval Me by Nalda Wainwright The cold weather gripping the country hasmade me very glad of the log burner in my...

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Written by Ash Casey on 15 Dec 2010
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A response to Ashley's Blog about Blogging

As physical educators’ we are well versed in thedesirability of ‘warming up’ appropriately. On con...

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Written by Ash Casey on 03 Dec 2010
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Reflection: from 'paper and pen' blogging to the web

A focus in the physical education and sport pedagogyresearch group has been on getting our new doctoral students to ...

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Written by Ash Casey on 26 Nov 2010
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What has been said about Models-based practice?

I have talked before about model-based practice (i.e.alternative approaches to teaching in physical education that p...

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Written by Ash Casey on 16 Nov 2010
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Challenges and Opportunities of using Game-Centered approaches to teaching, coaching and learning

Dr. Ashley Casey invited me to contribute a ‘blog’ about Game-Centered approaches to teaching, coaching and learning...

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Written by Ash Casey on 01 Nov 2010
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Working with alternatives pedagogies that work

A month ago in my blog ‘are alternative pedagogies good foryour teaching’ I proposed a series on Models-Based practi...

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Written by Ash Casey on 26 Oct 2010
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The Idea of Professional Development and its discontents

In his inaugural lecture at Leeds Metropolitan University Professor David Kirk developed a discussion around the p...

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Written by Ash Casey on 12 Oct 2010
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Professional Development: Needs for a new professional role

I must open this blog with an apology. In my last blog I promised that it was the first of a series of blogs about m...

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Written by Ash Casey on 05 Oct 2010
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Are alternative pedagogies good for your teaching?

The pages of research journals, professional magazines, websites and conference bookstands are filled with miracle c...

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Written by Ash Casey on 21 Sep 2010
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Schools and healthy lifestyles

Day four began with a Phys Ed session exploring perspectives on physical education. The first paper explored physica...

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Written by Ash Casey on 09 Sep 2010
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Practitioners researching their own practices

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Written by Ash Casey on 08 Sep 2010
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Self-determination theory - helping students to become autonomously motivated in physical education

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Written by Ash Casey on 06 Sep 2010
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Physical Education: re-discovering pedagogy

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Written by Ash Casey on 31 Aug 2010
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“Red door and back!” : Bad Habits in Physical Education

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Written by Ash Casey on 28 Aug 2010
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Back to basics?

This blog has emerged out of a manufactured chance retweet on twitter. My preferred means of access my twitter accou...

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Written by Ash Casey on 10 Aug 2010
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Filling a gap (or just another brick in the wall)

Websites. We see lots of them every day; scores in a week, hundreds in a month (you get the idea) but what makes the...

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Written by Ash Casey on 29 Jul 2010
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Research into the use of technology in Physical Education

The dominant discourse in physical education over the last three decades has been focused on the staid pedagogical f...

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Written by Ash Casey on 21 Jul 2010
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Being a Piano Player

When I was a young rugby player someone said to me "there are two types of Rugby players: Piano Carriers and Piano P...

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Written by Ash Casey on 20 Jul 2010
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Student-designed games

I started working with student-designed games (SDG) last year and was excited by the depth of learning it engendered...

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Written by Ash Casey on 16 Jul 2010
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New ways to the problem of living

As those who follow me on twitter will know I have been at the 16 International Reflective Practice Conference this ...

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Written by Ash Casey on 24 Jun 2010
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The hardest part...

The hardest part...   And the hardest part Was letting go, not taking part Was the hardest part An...

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Written by Ash Casey on 17 Jun 2010
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The Appliance of Science

I received my iPad a couple of days ago and I keep trying to find reasons to use it. It is wonderful as a toy but I ...

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Written by Ash Casey on 10 Jun 2010
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Is it time for an anti-ablest pedagogy?

We traditionally have an ablest approach to teaching. We definitely have an ablest approach to teaching physical edu...

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Written by Ash Casey on 02 Jun 2010
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Teaching Games for Understanding

This approach to teaching put the game first. However this is not a playing games just to keep students 'busy, happy...

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Written by Ash Casey on 26 May 2010
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Does Continued Professional Development do anything?

I am just reading up about continued professional development (CPD) and it simply doesn't seem to achieve anything o...

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Written by Ash Casey on 18 May 2010
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Birth of the un-modern school?

In his book Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison Michel Foucault (1977) suggests that schools adopted thei...

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Written by Ash Casey on 15 May 2010
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Creating a virtual staffroom

As I have said previously, I have secured funding available to create a physical education practitioner research net...

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Written by Ash Casey on 11 May 2010
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I'm a teacher... get me into here!

This is the sentiment that I would like to inspire in the teachers in the local community. Continued Professional De...

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Written by Ash Casey on 08 May 2010
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The expertise of the practitioner

Teachers have suffered from bad press of late (and some would argue not just of late). Their professionalism has bee...

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Written by Ash Casey on 05 May 2010
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Physical Education is...?

I saw this argument discussed (or mentioned) on twitter and thought I would try and answer it. I am not sure that th...

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Written by Ash Casey on 27 Apr 2010
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Cooperation rather than just collaboration

A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labours of other men, living a...

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Written by Ash Casey on 20 Apr 2010
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Action Research for the Reflective Teacher

Check out this SlideShare Presentation: http://www.slideshare.net/DrAshCasey/reflective-teacher

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Written by Ash Casey on 15 Apr 2010
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Making Cooperation part of your teaching

I have been interested in the use of cooperative learning in my teaching for a number of years. My interest grew out...

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Written by Ash Casey on 13 Apr 2010
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The action research cycle

I thought it might be useful to look at the action research cycle itself and use a technological example, which seem...

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Written by Ash Casey on 07 Apr 2010
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Finding a starting point for teachers-as-researchers

This first post is dedicated to a number of people: Kurt Lewin who first coined the phrase "action research" and...

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Written by Ash Casey on 03 Apr 2010
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The aim of this website is to bring together physical education teachers, coaches, physical activity leaders, volunteers and university practitioners from around the world to talk about practice, young peoples’ experiences of physical activity, and research.

About Ash

Dr Ash Casey is Senior Lecturer in Pedagogy at Loughborough University. His research focuses on Models-Based Practice, teacher learning/research and the use of new technologies in learning. Ash in an Associate Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy (Routledge) and is the author, co-author or editor of four Routledge books and publishes regularly in leading education research journals. He is active on social media where he writes and blogs about Models-Based Practice, teacher learning and new technologies.

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