School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

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Oliver Hooper BSc (Hons)

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PhD Student

Oliver graduated from Loughborough University in 2014 with a first class BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science. He has since continued to study at the University and is presently completing a PhD in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. Oliver’s research is located within the field of physical education (PE) and sport pedagogy and his doctoral research is broadly centred on ‘health’ within PE. Specifically, this research explores pupils’ learning about healthy, active lifestyles within PE and schools.

Oliver is interested in health-related policy and practice within schools and, in particular, the subject of physical education (PE). His research interests broadly encompass: the position, expression and enactment of ‘health’ within curricular PE; the development of effective pedagogies to promote healthy, active lifestyles within and through the subject, and; the (potential) role of the whole school in health promotion. He is also particularly interested in ‘youth voice’ approaches within research and the use of participatory methods.

Oliver is currently conducting his doctoral research which explores pupils’ learning about healthy, active lifestyles. The research seeks to engage with pupils to explore what they learn about healthy, active lifestyles, where and how they learn about these, and how they utilise what they know, understand and conceive in the context of their own lifestyles. The research also seeks to examine pedagogical practice within schools and to support practitioners to reflect on their own pedagogies, with the aim of eliciting and exemplifying ‘best practice’ in the promotion of healthy, active lifestyles both within curricular PE and across the whole school.

In addition to his doctoral research, Oliver has contributed/is contributing to several research projects within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences including:

  • Right to be Active (RtbA) Research Project (2016-2018) – working with Dr. Rachel Sandford, Dr. Tom Quarmby and Dr. Rebecca Duncombe
    (Externally funded by the British Academy to the value of £10,000)

 

  • Promoting Active Lifestyles (PAL) Research Project (2015-2017) – working with Dr. Jo Harris and Prof. Lorraine Cale
    (Internally funded by the School of Sport, Exercise and Healthy Sciences, Loughborough University to the value of £4,500)

 

  • Youth Sport Trust ‘Get to the Start Line’ (GttSL) Programme Evaluation (2015-2016) – working with Dr. Jo Harris and Prof. Lorraine Cale
    (Externally funded by the Youth Sport Trust to the value of £10,000)

Oliver contributes to the delivery of a number of modules on the undergraduate programmes within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences including:

  • PSA001 – Teaching and Coaching 1
  • PSA011 – Sport Pedagogy 1
  • PSB001 – Teaching and Coaching 2
  • PSB005/PSB006 – Research Skills
  • PSC017 – Sport Pedagogy 3
  • PCS018 – Teaching and Coaching 3

Additionally, Oliver supervises part C undergraduate students undertaking research projects as part of the PSC003 module.

Oliver contributes to the postgraduate physical education teacher education (PETE) programmes at Loughborough University and a number of other institutions in the Midlands region of England, including the Universities of Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Worcester. 

Oliver holds a teaching qualification equivalent to a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and a QTS equivalent. He also holds Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Oliver was a co-recipient of a Teaching Innovation Award from the Centre for Academic Practice (CAP) at the University in 2016 and is currently working alongside Dr. Rachel Sandford to implement the Critical Reading and Writing (CReW) project funded by this. The project seeks to support undergraduate students to develop their critical reading/writing skills within PE and sport pedagogy modules.

Reviewer Roles:

  • Abstract Reviewer for European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) 2018 (February 2018)
  • Abstract Reviewer for European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) 2017 (February 2017)

Convenor Roles:

  • Co-convenor for the Postgraduate Research Student/ Early-career Researcher Forum of the British Educational Research Association (March 2017 – present)
  • Co-convenor for the Research in Sport Pedagogy Network of the European Educational Research Association (August 2016 –  present)

Symposium/Conference Organiser Roles:

  • Co-organiser of a specialist symposium on ‘Ethics, Values and Voice in Educational Research’, University College Cork, Ireland – following award of a €10,000 grant from EERA (November 2017)
  • Co-organiser of a symposia series on ‘Practical Issues in Educational Research’ at the Universities of Bath, Glasgow, Keele and Portsmouth – following award of a £2,000 grant from BERA (June – November 2017)

Board and Committee Roles:

  • Member (and presently Chair) of the Youth Sport Trust Alumni Board (October 2015 – present)
  • Member of the England Netball National Coaching Advisory Board (March 2015 – present)
  • Member (and presently Chair) of the Amateur Swimming Association National Youth Advisory Board (November 2013 –  present)
  • Member of the Sport England Higher Education Sport Stakeholder Group (May 2013 – present)

Membership of Professional Associations:

  • Association for Physical Education (AfPE)
  • Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER)
  • British Educational Research Association (BERA)
  • European Education Research Association (EERA)
  • Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Institute of Swimming (IOS)
  • International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP)
  • Social Research Association (SRA)
  • Society for Education and Training (SET)
  • Sports Coach UK (SCUK)

Publications:

  • Hooper, O., Harris, J. and Cale, L. (2017) Having their say: Young people on healthy, active lifestyles, Physical Education Matters, 12 (3): 51-52.

Presentations:

  • Hooper, O., Harris, J. and Cale, L. (2017) More than just being heard: Using youth voice to promote inclusive pedagogies for health. Paper presented at the International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP) Conference, November 2017, University of the Antilles, Guadeloupe.

 

  • Harris, J., Cale, L. and Hooper, O. (2017) Promoting active lifestyles in schools: From philosophical principles to inclusive pedagogies. Paper presented at the International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP) Conference, November 2017, University of the Antilles, Guadeloupe.
  • Hooper, O., Harris, J. and Cale, L. (2017) Talking it through: Using youth voice to explore pupils’ knowledge, understandings and conceptions of healthy, active lifestyles. Paper presented at the European Educational Research Association (EERA) Conference, August 2017, University College Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Cale, L., Harris, J. and Hooper, O. (2017) Get to the Start Line: An innovative programme designed to address adolescents’ school-related stress and anxiety. Paper presented at the European Educational Research Association (EERA) Conference, August 2017, University College Copenhagen, Denmark.

 

  • Hooper, O., Harris, J. and Cale, L. (2017) Having their say: Young people on healthy, active lifestyles. Poster presented at the Association for Physical Education (AfPE) Conference, July 2017, St. George’s Park, Staffordshire, UK.
  • Hooper, O., Harris, J. and Cale, L. (2017) Speaking up about ‘health’: Exploring secondary school pupils’ understandings and conceptions of healthy, active lifestyles. Paper presented at the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) Conference, January 2017, University of Canberra, Australia.
  • Harris, J., Cale, L. and Hooper, O. (2017) Promoting active lifestyles within the school. Paper presented at the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) Conference, January 2017, University of Canberra, Australia.
  • Sandford, R., Hooper, O. and Woodhouse, C. (2016) Permission to speak freely? Reflections on ethical complexities around ‘consent’ within sport/physical activity research with young people. Paper presented at the European Educational Research Association (EERA) Conference, August 2016, University College Dublin, Ireland. 
  • Harris, J., Cale, L., Casey, A., Bowler, M., Hooper, O. and Sammon, P. (2016) Promoting healthy, active lifestyles in schools. Paper presented at the Association for Physical Education (AfPE) Conference, July 2016, St. George’s Park, Staffordshire, UK.
  • Hooper, O., Harris, J. and Cale, L. (2016) Good intentions but…? Secondary school teachers’ promotion of healthy, active lifestyles within the physical education curriculum in England. Paper presented at the International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP) Conference, June 2016, University of Wyoming, USA.