Justen O'Connor

Dr

Accepting PhD Students

19962020
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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.

Research interests

  • Health and Physical Education curriculum, pedagogy and assessment
  • Designing and building scales for measurement using Rasch measurement model
  • 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

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

EDF1071: Introduction to Health and Physical Education. This unit introduces students to the curriculum areas of health and physical education and provides foundation knowledge for subsequent curriculum units. A focus on socio-critical and socio-ecological approaches and practical workshop sessions are designed to challenge students' thinking about health and physical education, introduce students to a range of pedagogies, and facilitate the application of theoretical insights to pedagogical practice.

EDF1171 Sociocultural Foundations of Health and Physical Education: This unit introduces students to the sociocultural foundations of health and physical education. Using the sub-disciplines of history, philosophy, and sociology, students examine the role of these areas in shaping and determining contemporary practices in health and physical education.

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.

Community service

Previous organiser of a large Nippers lifesaving program

Volunteer Junior and Senior Football (soccer) coach with Mornington Soccer Club >10 years

School council representative at primary and secondary level

 

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

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Projects 2001 2020

Research Output 1996 2019

Using a scale to explore pre-service physical education teachers’ attitudes towards difference: methodological opportunities and tensions

O'Connor, J., Alfrey, L., Jeanes, R. & Penney, D., 2019, Researching Difference in Sport and Physical Activity. Medcalf, R. & Mackintosh, C. (eds.). 1st ed. Abingdon UK: Routledge, p. 85-98 14 p. (Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

A digital story about museums, arts and wellbeing

Burke, G., Hall, C., O'Connor, J., Alfrey, L., Kaye-Hardie, S., Price, A., Sproul, L. & Tkachenko, N., Jul 2018

Research output: Non-textual formAudio / Visual RecordingResearch

Open Access

Breaking and making curriculum from inside ‘policy storms’ in an Australian pre-service teacher education course

Lambert, K. & O'Connor, J., 3 Apr 2018, In : Curriculum Journal. 29, 2, p. 159-180 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Exploring a pedagogy for meaning-making in physical education

O'Connor, J., 1 Oct 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : European Physical Education Review. 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Groups in action: a closer look at how students respond to group work

Janssen, K., O'Connor, J. & Phillipson, S., 2018, Evidence-Based Learning and Teaching: A Look into Australian Classrooms. Barnes, M., Gindidis, M. & Phillipson, S. (eds.). Abingdon UK: Routledge, p. 138-154 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Prizes

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

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

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2017 2018

  • 7 Contribution to conference
  • 3 Public event

ACHPER Vic State Conference

Justen O'Connor (Invited speaker)
29 Nov 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

Progressing the Five Propositions

Justen O'Connor (Contributor)
29 Nov 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic event

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

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

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