School of Sport and Wellbeing
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Subject Areas: Education, Sport Tourism
Andy joined UCLan in 2015 having previously worked as a Teacher of Secondary Physical Education. His specialist interest is concerned with Physical Education culture and he is research active in the area of Physical Education pedagogy and practice. His PhD is exploring the place of learning and literacy in Physical Education, with the view to exploring alternative pedagogies and assessment practices within the subject area.
Andy works with a variety of external professional bodies: he is the English National Delegate for the International Federation of PE; an Executive Committee member of the North Western Counties PE Association; a PE CatalYST with the Youth Sport Trust, a member of the International Physical Literacy Association and a member of the Association of Physical Education.
Andy co-authored an article on The Conversation which was published in October 2018 about PE on the school curriculum, entitled ‘Physical Education is just as important as any other school subject’
Sprake, A. and Palmer, C. (2018). 'Physical Education is just as important as any other school subject'. The Conversation.
Sprake, A. and Palmer, C. (2018) Physical Education: the allegory of the classroom. Journal of Qualitative Research in Sports Studies, 12, 1, 57-78.
Palmer, C. and Sprake, A. (2018) Physical Education or Physical Entertainment? The hunt for Physical Evidence of learning in school (pp: 295-310). In, Scheuer, C., Bund, A. and Holzweg, M. (Eds.) Changes in childhood and adolescence: current challenges for PE. Logos Verlag Berlin.
Comber, A. and Sprake, A. (2018) Pink whistles and pocket mirrors: why is the FA reproducing gender stereotypes? Journal of Qualitative Research in Sports Studies, 12, 1, 305-310.
Keeling, J., Sprake, A., Palmer, G., and Palmer, C. (2017) 'In conversation with PE, learning and school'. Journal of Qualitative Research in Sports Studies, 11, 1, 105-120.
Andy is currently undertaking a PhD study concerned with the place of learning and literacy in physical education.