Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Undergraduate PE Majors' Views of Marginalization

 Hello What's New in APE listeners! 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. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

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.  

You can find out more about the faculty highlighted in this program's funded PhD programs below:

Dr. Ross' PhD program at West Virginia University

Dr. Shaprio's PhD program at Georgia State University

Contact Dr. Sean Healy about the PhD program at University of Delaware @healys@udel.edu 

Dr. Martin Block's PhD program at University of Virginia 


Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Disability Models and What is a Disability: A conversation with Dr. Nancy Spencer

Hello APE Viewers! 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". For more information related to Dr. Spencer, check out here profile on ResearchGate


Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Reflecting on the Paralympics and Rising Phoenix with Paralympian Jessica Heims

Hello APE podcast listeners and welcome to another episode/post on the What's New in APE platform! 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 (the university I teach at!). 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 see the video here. To learn more about Jessica's background, you can read this article from Disabled Sports. In addition, you can follow Jessica on Twitter @Jessie_Heims.

Finally, you can check out the original podcast conducted with Jessica Heims in the summer of 2019 here. 




Wednesday, September 16, 2020

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.  

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Technology for Physical Educators, Health Educators, and Coaches

Hello APE podcast listeners/readers! For this episode of the podcast, I interviewed the lead author, Dr. Seth Jenny, 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. 

As mentioned above, this interview was conducted with Dr. Seth Jenny who is the lead author of this textbook. Dr. Jenny is an assistant professor within the Department of Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Jenny has over 20 years of health, physical education, and coaching experience across K-12 and higher education settings, where he has been an early proponent of integrating technology into teaching and coaching. When he’s not teaching or conducting technology-related research, he is a volunteer club coach for elementary cross country and track and field athletes. He also spends his spare time with his family and training for marathons, with a personal best of 2:48:30. 

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. You can purchase the hard copy of the book or the e-book here.

Below are some examples of the content covered within this textbook:

 Virtual Observations- VodcastThis vodcast describes how to conduct a Virtual Observation, also known as “Remote Supervision”. More detailed information is found in Chapter 8 of the book.

Geocaching inPhysical Education - VodcastThis vodcast provides an overview of geocaching and its uses for lifetime fitness and within physical education programs. More detailed information is found in Chapter 6 of the book.

Technology Equipment in Physical Education – Video: This video describes various technology equipment utilized by an elementary physical education teacher, including a portable smartboard with laptop safe and wireless speaker, portable projector connected to a suspended iPad all protected by a homemade safety case, and students utilizing a video delay app on an iPad connected to a stand.

 Technology Integrated Lesson in Elementary Physical EducationWhile the incorporation of this much technology into one lesson is not exactly advisable, Kyle Liebler integrated many different types of technologies into one elementary physical education lesson to demonstrate the wide variety of technologies available.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Interview with Geoffrey Broadhead: Part 1 and 2 An Interview with the Founder of Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly (APAQ)

Hello! This episode of What’s New in APE is extra special, as we have a guest moderator taking the reins today. Dr. Barry Lavay, an adapted physical education professor at California State University, Long Beach and longtime contributor to the podcast, has been so kind to bring his expertise and personality to the podcast. In fact, for the next two episodes Dr. Lavay will be interviewing Dr. Geoffrey Broadhead about his career in the field of adapted physical activity (APA), as well as his insights on the status of field and where we are going.

Dr. Geoffrey Broadhead is a pioneer in the field of a APA and has many noteworthy achievements. More specifically, Dr. Broadhead is the founding editor for the quintessential Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly (APAQ) journal, and a former professor of APA at Louisiana State University and Kent State University. In addition, Dr. Broadhead has received a number of honors and awards for his contribution to the profession such as SHAPE Fellow member, the NCPEID Hollis Fait Scholarship Award recipient in 1988 for recognition of his distinguished scholarly contributions to APA, National Advocacy Award from the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, and since 1996 Editor Emeritus of APAQ the official journal of IFAPA.

For this very first episode, Dr. Lavay talks to Dr. Broadhead about his upbringing and professional training in England, and how he made the transition to the United States of America and the field of APA. Within this topic, they have an in-depth discussion about how Dr. Broadhead became initially interested in health and physical education for individuals with disabilities. Dr. Broadhead also shares his insights on what he learned from pioneers he studied with in the field of APA when he first began his career. Furthermore, they will begin to discuss some of Dr. Broadhead’s research interests, which have focused on an array of topics, including some crucial work on physical fitness testing for individuals with intellectual disabilities, that laid the foundation for many of the laws that have incorporated language regarding APA today.  

Two papers are referred to within the first episode that Dr. Broadhead had authored that refer to the development of the journal APAQ. The first article "How APAQ was born" details Dr. Broadhead and colleagues journey to developing this prestigious journal. "APAQ at Ten: A Documentary Analysis"  is the second article mentioned, and is author by Dr. Greg Reid and Dr. Broadhead. This article provides a summary of the articles published in APAQ in the first 10 years.



For the second episode, Dr. Lavay talks to Dr. Broadhead about the founding of APAQ, and this journals impact on the field of APA. In addition, they discuss how this journal helped to legitimize and validate the APA profession. More specifically, they discuss the driving factors for the development of APAQ, the creation of the editorial board for APAQ, and some of the research trends APAQ has focused on. 

Below are some exemplary references to journal articles published by Dr. Broadhead and/or Dr. Rarick:

Broadhead, Geoffrey D. (1968). The role of educational physical activity programs in the
     modification of selected parameters of the behavior of educable mentally retarded children
     and minimally brain-injured children of elementary school age. (Doctoral dissertation,
     University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1968). Dissertation Abstracts, 1969, 29, 4305A-4306A.
     (University Microfilms No 69-12, 877).
Broadhead, Geoffrey D. (1984). Birth of a Journal, Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 1. 1,
     p. 1.
Broadhead, Geoffrey D, & Brunt, D. (1982). Physical education training implementations of
     a public law about children. American Corrective Therapy Journal. 36, Mar. 9-13.
Broadhead, Geoffrey D. (1982). A paradigm for physical education for handicapped in the least
     restrictive environment. The Physical Educator, 39, Jan-Feb. 3-13.
Broadhead, Geoffrey D. Influence of test selection on the physical education placement of
     mentally retarded children. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 1, 1, pp 112-117. . .
Broadhead, Geoffrey D. (2017). How APAQ.  was Born. Adapted Physical
     Activity Quarterly, 34, 3, 209-216.
Oliver, J. N. (1958). The effect of physical conditioning exercises and activities on the
     mental characteristics of educationally sub-normal boys. British Journal of Educational
     Psychology, 28, 155-165.
Rarick, G. Lawrence. (1961). Motor development in infancy and childhood,  
     Madison WI, College Printing and Typing Co.
Rarick, G. L, Dobbins, D.A & Broadhead G,D, 1976). The motor domain and its
     in educationally handicapped children. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
Rarick, G.L., Widdop, J. H. & Broadhead, G.D. (1970). The Physical fitness and motor
     performance of educable mentally retarded children. Exceptional Children, 36. 509-519.
Rarick, G.L., Seefeldt, V.D., & Rapaport, I. F. (1966). Physical growth and
     development in Down Syndrome: A thirteen-year longitudinal study.
     Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin, Department of Physical Education,
     Report to the National Institutes of Health, Public Health Service.
Rarick, G. Lawrence & Dobbins, D. A. (1972). Basic components in the motor,
     performance of educable mentally retarded children: Implications for
     development. Berkeley, CA: University of California, Department of Physical
     Education, Report to the United States Department of Health, Education &
     Welfare, Bureau of Education for the Handicapped.
Rarick, G. Lawrence, & McQuillan, J. P. (1977). The factor structure of motor
     abilities of trainable mentally retarded children: Implications for curriculum
     development. Berkeley CA: University of California, Department of Physical
     Education, Report to the United states Department of Health, Education & 
     Welfare, Bureau of Education for the Handicapped.