Podcast by What's New In Adapted Physical Education
Undergraduate PE Majors' Views of Marginalization
This episode is very unique, in that it is an example of a project from my Technology in Physical Education (PE) undergraduate course at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). This project had PE undergraduates create a podcast focused on a specific area of PE and for a specific audience. After listening to all of them, I felt one group did an outstanding job and I wanted to highlight their thoughts and hard work on this platform. This group (which included: Thone Golwitzer, Brooke O'Connell, and Jakob Horstman) discussed the feeling of having to fight for others respect due to their college major, feelings of marginalization, and their views on the importance of PE. In addition, they also interview Dr. Tam Burt, a PE faculty member at UNI, about her experiences of feeling marginalized when she was a PE major in college.
Mentoring APA Doctoral Students and Choosing a PhD program
As explained in an earlier post, "The journey of choosing to pursue, and actually pursuing doctorate are very difficult and individual". Somewhat in a continuation of the recent podcast episode focused on how PhD students choose and navigate a PhD program in the area of adapted physical activity (APA), for this episode we interviewed a panel of APA doctoral advisers that are a part of a newly formulated APA Consortium. More specifically, this episode included the well-known scholars: Dr. Martin Block (University of Virginia), Dr. Deborah Shapiro (Georgia State University), Dr. Sean Healy (University of Delaware), and Dr. Samantha Ross (West Virginia University). Within the episode we specifically discuss their research interests, how to navigate the PhD journey, and the qualities of a good PhD mentor. In addition, we discuss how the APA Consortium is beginning to train 28 high quality and competent scholars at the doctoral degree level at nine universities across the country, to serve as higher education faculty, and train pre-service physical education teachers and related service professionals to appropriately educate youth with disabilities. This training will occur through coursework, practicum, a consortium-wide enrichment program, community-based service-learning programs, and research engagement. This consortium includes East Carolina University, Georgia State University, Ohio State University, Old Dominion University, Oregon State University, Texas Women’s University, University of Delaware, University of Virginia, and West Virginia University.
Disability Models and What is a Disability: A conversation
I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Nancy Spencer and discuss some of her work and perceptions towards disability and disability models. Disability models are used to view and conceptualize disability, as well as to understand how society interacts and impacts disability. Dr. Spencer is an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation. Dr. Spencer has written numerous articles questioning how we view disability in the field of adapted physical activity. Recently she wrote a book chapter called "Disability Language in Adapted Physical Education", along with Drs. Peers and Eales, in the Routledge Handbook of Adapted Physical Education. In addition to her work on disability models, Dr. Spencer's research interests are in the areas of adapted physical activity and children’s physical activity. According to her faculty page, she is "committed to understanding how to facilitate inclusive and meaningful experiences in play, sport (parasport) and recreation for children and specifically people who experience disability, using qualitative approaches to research".
Reflecting on the Paralympics and Rising Phoenix with Paralympian Jessica Heims
For this episode, I was able to bring back Paralympian Jessica Heims to talk about how COVID-19 has disrupted the 2020 Paralympics, and how this organization and herself are working towards 2021. In addition, we discuss living with a disability during COVID-19, and the recent films Rising Phoenix and Crip Camp and what they mean to the disability community.
Jessica is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Northern Iowa. She also currently competes on the University's track and field team as a discus thrower and sprinter. Furthermore, Jessica recently broke two world records in discus throwing. You can follow Jessica on Twitter @Jessie_Heims.
Pursuing a doctorate in adapted physical activity
The journey of choosing to pursue, and actually pursuing doctorate are very difficult and individual. In this episode, I had a panel of three adapted physical activity (APA) doctoral students from across the nation discuss their journeys to get a doctorate in the field. The three panelists included: Chloe Simpson (West Virginia University), Thomas Wilson (The Ohio State University), and Justin Bueche (Old Dominion University)Each of these young scholars are a part of a newly formulated APA Consortium. This APA Consortium aims to train 28 high quality and competent scholars at the doctoral degree level at nine universities across the country, to serve as higher education faculty, and train pre-service physical education teachers and related service professionals to appropriately educate youth with disabilities. This training will occur through coursework, practicum, a consortium-wide enrichment program, community-based service-learning programs, and research engagement. The faculty engaged in this Consortium are known leaders nationally and internationally in adapted physical activity, which places this project in an advantageous position to provide quality and essential doctoral-level training. This consortium includes East Carolina University, Georgia State University, Ohio State University, Old Dominion University, Oregon State University, Texas Women’s University, University of Delaware, University of Virginia, and West Virginia University.
Technology for Physical Educators, Health Educators, and Coaches
For this episode of the podcast, I interviewed the lead author, Dr. Seth Jenny (@DrSethJenny), of the recently released textbook "Technology for Physical Educators, Health Educators, and Coaches: Enhancing Instruction, Assessment, Management, Professional Development & Advocacy". This textbook is obviously very relevant during the recent COVID pandemic. Indeed, Human Kinetics explains that "This text will help health and physical education teachers and coaches improve their abilities by learning to effectively use technology in the areas of instruction, assessment, management, communication, professional development, and advocacy". Indeed, this textbook offers an array of resources and strategies on how to use a wide range of technologies within a physical education setting, as well as this textbook as a full chapter dedicated to the implementation of assistive technology to meet students with disabilities' needs.
Within this interview, we discuss the development and use of this textbook. We talk about specific technologies and strategies one can implement within their classes. In addition, we debate whether online physical education can be implemented effectively, and where the field of physical education currently stands on online physical education and how COVID may change those perceptions.