Kathleen Armour

Professor at University of Birmingham
Birmingham, United Kingdom

Professor Kathleen Armour is Head of School in the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences at The University of Birmingham. Formerly, she was Head of the Department of Sport Pedagogy and prior to that she held a Chair in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University. Her main research interest is career-long professional learning for teachers and coaches, and its impact on young people's learning in physical education and sport. Kathy has a particular interest in the role of sport in the lives of disaffected, disengaged and disadvantaged young people, and in the pedagogies that teachers and coaches need to develop over their careers in order to use sport effectively. Over the last six years, Kathy has been PI and CO-I on numerous funded projects including, currently, an analysis of implicit and explicit learning theories underpinning the design of coach education (funded by the FA); a European project examining the barriers to physical activity for the least active young people in society (funded by the Coca Cola Foundation) and an analysis of the capacity of volunteer sports coaches as community assets (funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council). Kathy has had two textbooks published recently. The first is an ‘Introduction to Sport Pedagogy’ for undergraduate students who are planning to develop careers in teaching or coaching; the second is a ‘Research Methods’ text to support students as they prepare dissertations in the fields of physical education and youth sport. She is currently engaged in a new translational project to produce a book of interdisciplinary ‘pedagogical cases’ of children and young people learning in physical activity and sport. Website link: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/sport-exercise/staff/profile.aspx

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Professor Kathleen Armour is Head of School in the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences at The University of Birmingham. Formerly, she was Head of the Department of Sport Pedagogy and prior to that she held a Chair in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University. Her main research interest is career-long professional learning for teachers and coaches, and its impact on young people's learning in physical education and sport. Kathy has a particular interest in the role of sport in the lives of disaffected, disengaged and disadvantaged young people, and in the pedagogies that teachers and coaches need to develop over their careers in order to use sport effectively. Over the last six years, Kathy has been PI and CO-I on numerous funded projects including, currently, an analysis of implicit and explicit learning theories underpinning the design of coach education (funded by the FA); a European project examining the barriers to physical activity for the least active young people in society (funded by the Coca Cola Foundation) and an analysis of the capacity of volunteer sports coaches as community assets (funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council). Kathy has had two textbooks published recently. The first is an ‘Introduction to Sport Pedagogy’ for undergraduate students who are planning to develop careers in teaching or coaching; the second is a ‘Research Methods’ text to support students as they prepare dissertations in the fields of physical education and youth sport. She is currently engaged in a new translational project to produce a book of interdisciplinary ‘pedagogical cases’ of children and young people learning in physical activity and sport. Website link: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/sport-exercise/staff/profile.aspx

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