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About Ruan Jones

Ruan graduated with a BA (Hons) in Human Movement and American studies from the University of Leeds in 1991. He then completed a PGCE in Physical Education at Brunel University in 1993 before teaching for ten years in Kent and Yorkshire.

He studied for a MSc in Sport and Exercise Science at Leeds Metropolitan University. Ruan joined Leeds Beckett University in September 2014 as a Senior Lecturer in Physical Education (PE) and Sport Pedagogy. Previously, he has held senior and part-time lecturing positions in PE at University of Worcester, Canterbury Christ Church University and University of Wolverhampton.

Ruan is currently awaiting his viva for his PhD under the supervision of Professor Andrew Sparkes and Dr Dave Piggott. His research involves exploring of the lived meaning of Teaching Games for Understanding of young people from a hermeneutic phenomenological perspective.


Current Teaching

  • Physical Education Degree:
  • Making of Modern PE
  • Social Psychology
  • Physical Education & Sport Pedagogy 2
  • Pedagogy in Practice

Research Interests

His research interests relate to game-centred approaches in physical educational environments, and the potential for existential-phenomenological frameworks to contribute to a greater understanding of PE and other, similar, pedagogical settings.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (6)

  • Jones RJ; Harvey S (2015), Using Deductive Questioning to Teach Game Understanding
  • Jones RJ; Harvey S; Kirk D (2014), Everything is at stake; yet nothing is at stake: exploring meaning-making in game-centred approaches
    https://doi.org/10.1080/13573322.2014.965138
  • Jones RJ; Marshall S; Peters, DM (2010), Can We Play a Game Now? The Intrinsic Benefits of TGfU
  • Jones RJ; Cope E (2010), Thinking (and feeling) outside the box: Affect and the teaching of games
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  • Peters, DM; Jones RJ (2010), FUTURE SPORT, EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION PROFESSIONALS' PERCEPTIONS OF THE PHYSICAL SELF OF OBESE CHILDREN
  • Jones RJ; Polman, RCJ; Peters, DM (2009), physical self-perceptions of adolescents in Year 8, 9 and 10 in independent schools, state comprehensive schools and specialist sport colleges in England
    https://doi.org/10.1080/17408980701712122

Chapters (2)

  • Harvey S; Cope E; Jones RJ (2014) The body thinking: assessment in game-centred approaches to teaching and coaching. In: Light R; Quay J; Harvey S; Mooney A Contemporary Developments in Games Teaching. London: Routledge, pp. 178-192.
  • Jones RJ; Cope E (2011) Teaching Games for Understanding: an Inclusive Teaching Model. In: Hardman K; Green K Contemporary Issues in Physical Education. Maidenhead, England: Meyer & Meyer Sport, pp. 122-141.
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