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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.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (6)

  • Jones RJ; Harvey S (2015), Using Deductive Questioning to Teach Game Understanding. P.E. Matters, vol. 10 (1), p. 64-67.
  • Jones RJ; Harvey S; Kirk D (2014), Everything is at stake; yet nothing is at stake: exploring meaning-making in game-centred approaches. Sport Education and Society, vol. iFirst article
    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. European Journal of Physical and Health Education, vol. 4 (2), p. 57-63.
  • Peters, DM; Jones RJ (2010), FUTURE SPORT, EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION PROFESSIONALS' PERCEPTIONS OF THE PHYSICAL SELF OF OBESE CHILDREN. Kinesiology, vol. 42 (1), p. 36-43.
  • Jones RJ; Cope E (2010), Thinking (and feeling) outside the box: Affect and the teaching of games. Physical Education Matters, vol. 5
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  • 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. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, vol. 14 (2), p. 109-124.
    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: Harvey S; Cope E; Jones RJ Contemporary Developments in Games Teaching. London: Routledge, pp. 178-192.
  • Jones RJ; Cope E (2011) Teaching Games for Understanding: an Inclusive Teaching Model. In: Jones RJ; Cope E Contemporary Issues in Physical Education. Maidenhead, England: Meyer & Meyer Sport, pp. 122-141.
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