I currently have two projects underway for which data collection, analysis and writing are in progress.
The first is the beginnings of an international project called Positive Movement Subcultures: it seeks to explore the spaces and groups within which young people have positive engagement with movement, sport and physical activity. It acknowledges that in order for successful change to be implemented, researchers and teachers might look at doing more of what works currently rather than doing less of what does not work. To date one pilot project has been carried out with an adult dance school that offers a safe and gender-neutral space in which to learn ballet. This project is a collaboration with Dr Eimear Enright (Queensland) and Dr Rachel Sandford (Loughborough).
The second is a project called I Hate PE, using social network Twitter as a site of data collection. Aggregating tweets in which girls expressed the feeling of hating or loving PE, an anonymous blog post was created to combine a number of themes relating to girls’ (dis)engagement. This blog has been shared with teachers and teacher educators as part of ongoing conversations around student engagement, teacher practice and professional development. This work is a collaboration with Dr Ashley Casey (Loughborough) and Dr Vicky Goodyear (Bedfordshire).