PHASE Asia Pacific is a conference for all educators focussed on physical education, health, athletics, sports, and experiential learning.  The conference allows participants to learn from leading authorities in their respective fields as well as from practitioner presenters, to network with fellow educators, and to access good practice and resources in multiple formats.

PHASE has evolved from the Asia Pacific Physical Education Conference (APPEC) which was a dedicated Physical Education & Wellness event for the Asia Pacific region starting in 2015.
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Sunday, November 17 • 08:15 - 08:45
Keynote: Paradigm Shifts & Professional Response in the Field of Physical Education

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Due to the long-standing marginalised status of physical education among school subjects, physical educators have perpetually struggled to establish their work as relevant and necessary. Numerous factors, however, work against these efforts. In this presentation, Collin will focus on paradigm shifts in physical education research as an antagonizing force in the pursuit of the profession’s legitimacy. A paradigm shift is an academic response to a professional challenge (what can physical education do to promote academic achievement, physically active lifestyles, social-emotional learning, etc.), often spurred by wide-scale attention to issues at a societal level (an underperforming education system, obesity, mental health, etc.).

Paradigm shifts recast the focus of research and reframe the purpose and intended outcomes of physical education. Unfortunately, societal issues tend to persist longer than our attention to them does. With each shift, we all but abandon robust research efforts pursuing solutions to a given issue and instead create a capricious evidence base that subscribes to “hot topics.” This ultimately results in limited impact of research on policy or practice and leaves the profession with an identity crisis.

Thus, despite its long-standing presence in school vocabulary, what we call “physical education” denotes widely diverse understandings, even among physical educators, and the day-to-day activities of teachers have, for the most part, remained unchanged by the meandering commitments of the academic field. Collin will propose recommendations for creating a more stable and sustainable basis upon which physical education can firmly stand.

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Collin Webster

Professor and Associate Dean for Research & Innovation, University of South Carolina
Collin Webster earned his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 2006 and has held academic appointments at the University of South Carolina (2006- 2012; 2013-present) and the University of Wollongong in Australia (2012-2013). He is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar... Read More →

Sunday November 17, 2019 08:15 - 08:45 HKT
High School Gym