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Dr Jo Harris

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Reader in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy

Jo attained a Certificate in Education at Dartford College (1973-76) and went on to teach Physical Education and Health Education for 12 years in three state secondary schools. Whilst teaching, Jo obtained a degree with the Open University (1986) followed by a Master's degree in Physical Education at the University of Birmingham (1987).

Jo left teaching for Higher Education in 1988 and contributed to teacher training at St. Paul and St. Mary's College in Cheltenham. She moved to Loughborough in 1990 as a Lecturer in Physical Education.  She obtained her PhD in 1997 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Physical Education in 1999 and to Reader in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy in 2015.  Jo was Director of Physical Education Teacher Education from 1997-2002 and has been Director of Teacher Education since 2002.  She chairs the Teacher Education Management and Partnership Committees at Loughborough University. During her time as Director, Jo has led three consecutive Ofsted inspections in which teacher education has been judged to be ‘outstanding’.  She has led the design and development of the highly successful MSc in Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) programmes.

Jo received a Fellowship from the Physical Education Association of the United Kingdom (PEA UK) in 1999 and a Ling Award in 2006 to acknowledge her significant contribution to the subject and profession. She was Vice-President of PEA UK for two years (2000-02) and President for three years (2003-06).  Jo served on the Management Board of the newly formed Association for Physical Education from 2006-08 and was Vice-Chair from 2008-10. She became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2007 and was awarded the status of Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2015, becoming the first academic at Loughborough University to attain the prestigious award. Jo also received a Research-Informed Teaching Award from Loughborough University in 2015, an award from the Association for Physical Education in 2016 in recognition of her contribution to securing one association and an award for Outstanding Supervisory Team of the Year (with Dr Lorraine Cale) in the Inaugural Postgraduate Research Awards in 2016.

Jo regularly carries out external examining duties and presents her research and associated developmental work at national and international conferences. 

Jo is actively involved in research on health-related policy and practice within the Physical Education curriculum. She has a particular interest in the expression of health in physical education, health in PE pedagogies, and PE’s role in and contribution to public health. She is also involved in the development of health-related teaching resources and continuing professional development in the area of children’s health, activity and fitness. She has authored and regularly updated the research-informed health position paper for the Association for Physical Education (2008, 2013, 2015).

Selected Recent Research Projects and Sources of Funding

  • Promoting Active Lifestyles (PAL) Project. 2015-2017
  • Evaluation of Youth Sport Trust ‘Get to the Start Line’ programme. Youth Sport Trust. £10,000. 2015-16
  • Supporting secondary schools in the effective promotion of physical activity. British Heart Foundation, £83,600. 2010-2013.
  • The impact of the TOPs programmes on teaching and learning in physical education and school sport in primary schools in England. Youth Sport Trust, £87,128. 2003-07.
  • Feasibility of fitness testing Welsh children. National Assembly for Wales. £13,250. 2003.
  • Best Practice Research Scholarships on 'Continuity and Progression in PE' and 'Effective Teaching and Learning within Physical Education.' Department for Education and Skills (DfES), £11,250. 2003.
  • Best Practice Research Scholarships on 'Continuity and Progression in PE', and 'Citizenship in Physical Education.' Department for Education and Skills (DfES), £12,500. 2002.
  • The impact of training within the School Sport Co-ordinator Programme. Physical Education Association of the United Kingdom (PEA UK) and British Association of Advisers and Lecturers in Physical Education (BAALPE). £13,250. 2002.

PhD Supervisions

  • Gemma Leggett (2009): A Changing Picture of Health: Health-Related Exercise Policy and Practice in Physical Education Curricula in Secondary Schools in England and Wales.
  • Ming-Hung Chen (2012): Monitoring Health, Activity and Fitness in Secondary Schools in England.
  • Rashid Jassas (2012): The Promotion of Physical Activity within Secondary Boys’ Schools in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Member of the International Association of Sport and Physical Education (AIESEP) Executive Board (1999-2004).

  • Elected Vice-President (2000-02) of the Physical Education Association of the United Kingdom (PEA UK).
  • Elected President (2003-06) of the Physical Education Association of the United Kingdom (PEA UK).
  • Elected Member of the Management Board (2006-08) of the Association for Physical Education (afPE).
  • Elected Vice-Chair (2008-10) of the Association for Physical Education (afPE).
  • External Examiner Posts: Leeds Metropolitan University (1996-2000); West Midlands Consortium (1999-2004); De Montfort University (2001-2004); Birmingham University (2005-09); University of Limerick (2007-10); Cardiff Metropolitan University (2011-2016).

Selected Invited Conference Keynote and Speaker Presentations 

 

  • Invited Chair of National Physical Education Expert Group (2016)
  • Invited Member of the National Physical Education Expert Group (2015)
  • Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Education Select Committee on ‘School sport following London 2012’ (2013)

  • Invited presentation at the Westminster briefing on  ‘UK Sports Policy - Funding, Participation and Strategic Priorities’ on 22nd September 2015.
  • Specialist Adviser to the Government’s Education Select Committee on ‘School Sport following London 2012’ which produced the report School Sport Following London 2012: No More Political Football in the summer of 2013.
  • Invited presentation at the Westminster briefing on ‘Improving Children's Health Outcomes: Addressing Childhood Obesity’ on 14th November 2013.
  • Invited presentation at the Westminster Education Forum on the ‘Future for Sport in Schools’ on 26th November 2013.
  • How well does PE promote active lifestyles? Recommendations for physical educators and physical education teacher educators. Annual Association of Physical Educators of Quebec Conference, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, November 2012.
  • Promoting healthy, active lifestyles.Sports College Conference, International Centre, Telford, England, February 2010.
  • Fitness testing in physical education - a misdirected effort in promoting healthy lifestyles and physical activity? International Physical Activity and Health Promotion Conference, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan, November 2007.
  • Links from Initial Teacher Training into career-long professional development. AIESEP Specialist Seminar on Teachers' Career-Long Professional Development, Loughborough, England, September 2007.
  • The best in physical education in England. Pre-Commonwealth Conference, Melbourne, Australia, March 2006.
  • Inspection of initial teacher training in England and its impact. Nara University of Education and at Hiroshima University, Japan, August 2005.
  • Encouraging physical activity in schools. Physical Education and School Sports Conference, Belfast, Northern Ireland, November 2004.
  • To test or not to test? Does fitness testing promote physical activity? British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health Annual National Conference, Birmingham, November 2003.

Academic Journals

  • Duncombe, R., Cale, L., & Harris, J. (2016). Strengthening ‘the foundations’ of the primary school curriculum. Education 3-13. International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education. http://tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03004279.2016.1185137.
  • Cale, L., Harris, J., Duncombe, R., & Musson, H. (2016). Promoting physical activity in secondary schools: Growing expectations, ‘same old’ issues? European Journal of Physical Education, 1-19. DOI: 10.1177/1356336X15623774.
  • Harris, J., & Leggett, G. (2015). Influences on the expression of health within physical education curricula in secondary schools in England and Wales.  Sport, Education and Society, 20(7), 908-923.
  • Harris, J., & Leggett, G. (2015). Testing, training and tensions: The expression of health within physical education curricula in secondary schools in England and Wales.Sport, Education and Society, 20 (3-4): 423-441.
  • Harris, J., & Leggett, G. (2013). Influences on the expression of health within physical education curricula in secondary schools in England and Wales. Sport, Education and Society. DOI: 10.1080/13573322.2013.853659.
  • Armour, K., & Harris, J. (2013). Making the case for developing new PE-for-health pedagogies. Quest, 65(2): 201-219.
  • Cale, L., & Harris, J. (2009). Fitness testing in physical education – a misdirected effort in promoting healthy lifestyles and physical activity? Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 14 (1): 89-108.
  • Cale, L., & Harris, J. (2011). ‘Every child (of every size) matters’ in physical education! Physical education’s role in childhood obesity. Sport, Education and Society. DOI: 10.1080/13573322.2011.601734.
  • Cale, L., Harris, J., & Musson, H. (2012). Monitoring health, activity and fitness in physical education: Its current and future state of health. Sport, Education and Society. DOI: 10.1080/13573322.2012.681298.
  • Harris, J. (2013). Physical education teacher education students' knowledge, perceptions and experiences of promoting healthy, active lifestyles in secondary schools. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, DOI:10.1080/17408989.2013.769506.
  • Harris, J., Cale, L., & Musson, H. (2011). The effects of a professional development programme on primary school teachers’ perceptions of physical education. Professional Development in Education, 37(2): 291-305.
  • Harris, J., Cale, L., & Musson, H. (2012). The predicament of primary physical education: A consequence of ‘insufficient’ ITT and ‘ineffective’ CPD? Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 17(4): 367-381.
  • Harris, J., & Leggett, G. (2013). Testing, training and tensions: The expression of health within physical education curricula in secondary schools in England and Wales. Sport, Education and Society. DOI: 10.1080/13573322.2013.779241.

Books - Contributions

  • Cale, L. & Harris, J. (2011). Learning about health through physical education and youth sport. In K. Armour (ed). Sport Pedagogy. An Introduction for Teaching and Coaching. Pearson Education, pp. 53-64.
  • Cale, L., & Harris, J. (2012). Physical education and health. Considerations and Issues. In S. Capel and M. Whitehead (Eds.), Debates in Physical Education. (pp. 74-88). London: Routledge.
  • Harris, J. (2010). Health-Related Physical Education. In R. Bailey (ed.), Physical Education for Learning: A Guide for Secondary Schools (pp. 26-36). London: Continuum.

Professional Journals

  • Harris, J. (2016). Definition of physical activity, physical education and school sport. Physical Education Matters, 11 91): 20-21.
  • Cale, L., Casey, A., & Harris, J. (2016). An advocacy paper for physical education and school sport. Physical Education Matters, 11 (1): 18-19.
  • Harris, J. (2015).afPE’s position on health. Physical Education Matters, Autumn, 10 (3): 87-90.
  • Harris, J. & Cale, L.(2015). Fitness testing: An educationist perspective. Physical Education Matters, Autumn, 10 (3): 16.
  • Harris, J. & Cale, L.(2015). Association for Physical Education Response to Generation Inactive. Physical Education Matters, Autumn, 10 (3): 11.
  • Harris, J., & Leggett, G. (2014). Testing, training and tensions: a persistently disappointing picture of ‘health’ in secondary physical education? Physical Education Matters, 9 (2): 58-62.
  • Cale, L., & Harris, J. (2010). Children’s fitness testing. Feasibility study summary. Physical Education Matters, 5 (2): 30-32.
  • Harris, J. (2013). afPE’s position on health. Physical Education Matters, 8 (1): 82-87.
  • Harris, J., & Cale, L. (2010). The Association for Physical Education’s Response to Recommendations within the 2009 Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer. Physical Education Matters, 5 (2): 10-11.