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Ruan Jones

About Ruan Jones

Ruan graduated from York St. John University with a BA (Hons) in Human Movement and American Studies in 1991. He then completed a PGCE in physical education at Brunel University in 1993 before teaching for ten years in Kent, West and North Yorkshire.

He studied for a MSc in Sport and Exercise Science at our University. Ruan is currently studying for a PhD under the supervision of Professor Andrew Sparkes and Dr Dave Piggott. His research involves an exploration of the lived meaning of Teaching Games for the understanding for young people.

Ruan joined Leeds Beckett University in September 2014 as a Senior Lecturer in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy. Previously, he has held senior and part-time lecturing positions in physical education at University of Worcester, Canterbury Christ Church University and University of Wolverhampton.

His research and teaching interests relate to teaching and learning and critical issues in physical education; game-centred approaches, and the lived meaning of teaching and learning experiences for young people.

Current Teaching

  • Personal and professional development for physical educators (Level 4).
  • Research methods (Level 5).
  • Teaching and Learning in PE (Level 5).
  • Critical Issues in PE and Sport (Level 6).
  • Critical Pedagogy (Level 6)

Research Interests

Ruan’s current research explores the lived meaning of Teaching Games for understanding for young people in schools. The aim of this research is to analyse the pedagogical assumptions that persist about the use of game-based approaches with children and youth.

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