Justen O'Connor

Dr

Accepting PhD Students

1996 …2022
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Biography

Justen has research experience that utilises systems thinking, social ecology and strengths-based approaches to explore curriculum and pedoagogy associated with health, physical education, sport and lifetime physical activity. Justen also has an interest in social justice within education as well as informal forms of participation in movement. Justen is fluent in both quantitative and qualitative research methods and has expertise in designing scales for measurement.

Justen's research has attracted a range of external funding. He is chief investigator on a recently awarded ARC Linkage grant 'Informal sport as a health and social resources amongst diverse young people' ($250,000) with lead investigator Assoc Prof Ruth Jeanes, Professor Dawn Penney and Professor Ramon Spaaij and in partnership with VicHealth, Centre for Multicultural Youth, Cricket Victoria and the Department of local governernment, sport and cultural industries. 

Research interests

  • Health and Physical Education curriculum, pedagogy and assessment
  • Informal sport participation
  • Diversity and inclusion in movement
  • Social-ecological and complex systems drivers of physical activity and wellness
  • Physical activity in sporting and community settings
  • Children and community sport / physical activity
  • Motor skill learning

Supervision interests

I am interested in supervising and supporting students at the Honours, Masters and PhD level in the broad areas of:

  • Health and Physical Education curriculum, pedagogy and assessment
  • Diversity and inclusion in movement
  • Alternative or informal sport participation, community physical activity participation
  • Systems thinking in movement contexts, including social-ecological drivers of physical activity and wellness
  • Children and community sport / physical activity program evaluation or intervention
  • Designing and building scales for measurement using Rasch measurement model

Monash teaching commitment

EDF2171 Motor Control and Skill Acquisition: This unit explores the discipline of human movement, particularly how humans acquire and refine a broad range of movement skills. The study of motor control and skill acquisition is a broad area that uses foundational biophysical knowledge together with elements of psychology, sociology and understanding of growth and development to explore how and why the human body moves.

EDF4171 Advanced Sport and Exercise Science: This unit expands upon foundational physiological, kinesiological and psychological understandings of human movement science within health and physical education. 

Consulting

Justen has worked with a range of schools and sporting agencies. He was instrumental in developing 'On Track,' a modified program for Little Athletics. He has developed programs for childcare, Sports Without Borders, local government and schools including Elizabeth Murdoch College where he worked closely with staff to redevelop their HPE curriculum. Justen has done a range of workshops for school teachers in the area of physical education, curriculum and planning and assessment.

Keywords

  • Health
  • HPE
  • Physical Education
  • PE
  • Curriculum
  • Pedagogy
  • Social Ecology
  • Inquiry Based Learning
  • Strengths Based Education
  • Inclusion
  • Professional Experience
  • Ecological Sociology
  • RASCH Analysis
  • Rasch modelling
  • Scale Design and Development
  • Assessment
  • Sport, social inclusion, social policy, diversity
  • Sports/Athletics
  • complexity
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Informal sport
  • Surveys and Survey Research

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Projects 2001 2022

Research Output 1996 2019

Creating thriving and sustainable futures in physical education, health and sport

Thorburn, M., Gray, S. & O'Connor, J., 22 May 2019, In : Sport, Education and Society. 24, 6, p. 550-557 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review

Examining the Health and Social Impact of Participation in Cricket for People with Intellectual disabilities

Jeanes, R., O'Connor, J., Magee, J. & McGrath, G., Jun 2019, Melbourne Vic Australia: Monash University. 24 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther ReportResearch

Open Access
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From silos to crossing borders in physical education

O'Connor, J. & Jess, M., 30 Apr 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Sport, Education and Society. 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Intergenerational understandings of personal, social and community assets for health

O'Connor, J. P., Alfrey, L., Hall, C. & Burke, G., May 2019, In : Health and Place. 57, p. 218-227 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Prizes

Best Paper award for 2017 in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy journal

Laura Alfrey (Recipient), Justen O'Connor (Recipient) & Ruth Jeanes (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2017 2019

  • 10 Contribution to conference
  • 3 Public event

Association of Independent Schools of NSW PDHPE Conference

Justen O'Connor (Keynote/plenary speaker)
9 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

International Sociology of Sport Association Conference

Ruth Jeanes (Speaker), Dawn Penney (Speaker), Ramon Spaaj (Speaker), Justen O'Connor (Speaker)
Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

International Association of Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP) World Congress

Justen O'Connor (Speaker)
25 Jul 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education State Conference

Justen O'Connor (Keynote/plenary speaker)
19 Oct 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

ACHPER Vic State Conference

Justen O'Connor (Invited speaker)
29 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Press / Media

Episode 6: Dr. Justen O'Connor and informal sport

Justen O'Connor

9/10/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Blogs, Podcasts and Social MediaPodcasts

Purpose with Dr. Justen O'Connor

Justen O'Connor

29/01/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Blogs, Podcasts and Social MediaPodcasts