Teachers’ and Students’ Sources of Health and Physical Activity Knowledge PhD

Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
Entry requirements:
3 years
not available
Reference number:
Start date:
01 October 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
August 2018



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Project detail

Public policy and strategy (DoH 2004; WHO 2010) position schools as key sites in the delivery of public health (Penney & Jess 2004) and teachers are seen as advocates of health and physical activity (PA) (Stratton et al. 2008). However, teachers’ knowledge and understanding have been found to be narrow, limited and flawed (Armour & Harris 2013). This, coupled with the finding that pupils lack knowledge (Ofsted 2012) and have misconceptions about health (Smith & Parr 2007), poses questions concerning teachers’ ability to effectively deliver/promote health/PA (Larsen & Samdal 2013). Further, society increasingly relies on mass media as a form of ‘public pedagogy’ in the delivery of health knowledge (Giroux 2004; Rich 2011) and evidence suggests that teachers and pupils are no exception (Kirk, 2010). This research explores a) teachers' and pupils' sources of health knowledge, and b) their engagement with ‘public pedagogy’ and its accuracy. It seeks to understand the extent to which teachers and pupils rely on and make sense of these pedagogies and reconcile health messages they receive.


Primary supervisor: Dr Ashley Casey

Secondary supervisor: Professor Lorraine Cale

Find out more

For further project details email Dr Ashley Casey or register your interest and ask us a question.

Further information about the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences can be found on our website.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Sports and Exercise Science, Physical Education, Sport Coaching or Sport Pedagogy.

A relevant Master's degree and / or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Physical Education or Sport Pedagogy.

All students must also meet the minimum English Language requirements.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name select Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. Please quote reference number: SSEHS/AC