Research at Leeds Beckett
About Belinda Cooke
Belinda attended the University of Birmingham and completed a four year combined honours degree course in Physical Education and French. (Included one year at University of Grenoble in France).
She then achieved a Post Graduate Certificate of Education at University of Birmingham in Physical Education with Special Educational Needs as a subsidiary subject.
She then became a teacher of girls PE in Warwickshire and was promoted to Head of Department after three years.
She left this position at the birth of her first son. She moved to the University of Birmingham where she worked part time with PGCE students in the School of Education and acted as a link tutor for their teaching practice. She was also employed as a research assistant on the Allied Dunbar National Fitness Survey.
After the birth of her second son she moved to Leeds Beckett University where she worked part time on a number of research projects with Margaret Talbot, including the Sports Council's Working group on Physical Education for Children with Special Needs in mainstream schools, the Commonwealth Women and Sport Survey for the Commonwealth Secretariat, and conducted the research for the SPEEDNET survey on Primary school physical education which led to the reinstatement of the orders for PE.
She worked part time for Sue Campbell at the National Coaching Foundation analysing the Champion Coaching Initiative amongst other research projects.
After the birth of her third son she took up a 0.5 research assistant post at Leeds Beckett in 1997 and gradually took on more lecturing until she finally took on the full time Senior Lecturer role.
Belinda currently teaches BA (Hons) Physical Education, BSc (Hons) Sport And Exercise Science, BA (Hons) QTS Physical Education, BSc (Hons) PE + Sports Science joint honours, BA (Hons) PE and Outdoor Ed, BA (Hons) PE and Sport Development and Advanced Professional Diploma in Inclusive physical education.
Belinda's research interests include Inclusive Physical Education especially games, children and adults with special needs, disability sport, specialist sports colleges and related initiatives, National Healthy Schools standard, PE teachers' careers, talent in physical education, women and girls' experiences of physical activity, young people and elite performance in sport (especially games).
Journal articles (1)
- Cooke B (2010), The handbook of sustainability literacy. INNOVATIONS IN EDUCATION AND TEACHING INTERNATIONAL, vol. 47 (3), p. 341-341.
Conference contributions (1)
- Flintoff A; Cooke B (2006) Pupils' Perceptions of High Quality Physical Education Finland . : .