Prior to my appointment at UBC I was Principal Lecturer (Associate Professor) and Leader of the MA/MSc in Physical Education programme at Leeds Metropolitan University and an assistant professor of Health and Physical Education at Brock University. I have taught in elementary and secondary schools in Alberta and British Columbia and in teacher education programmes in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Portugal, Ireland, and England. I completed my doctorate in Curriculum Studies at the University of Alberta and have conducted research in four countries including Kenya, East Africa. I am committed to collaborative research and have been privileged to supervise graduate students from Canada, England, Ireland, and Australia, a number of whom have obtained academic awards for their scholarly work. My invited talks have included various locations in England, Ireland, Portugal, Australia, Belize, and Canada.
I am a member of the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame, a former member of the Alberta provincial volleyball team, and have had extensive community involvement in coaching and choral directing. I have three talented and inspiring children who have taught me about love and life. Time away from work is committed to family, the outdoors, amateur culinary artistry, dancing, singing and songwriting.
Kentel, J.A. (2013). To frolic and play in harm’s way: The evolving ethic of care for the young. Keynote address to be presented at the Belizian International Symposium in Education (BISE). Belize City, Belize.
Kentel, J.A. (2013). Embodying social and ecological justice. Presented at Feeling Our Way: New Pathways in Environmental Education. Centre for Dialogue, Simon Fraser University.
Kentel, J.A. (2013). Activating the inactive: The scholarship of learning and teaching. Seminar presented at the University of Ballarat. Ballarat, Australia.
Kentel, J.A. (2013). From singular to plural: Writing the self for an academic readership. An academic writing workshop presented at the University of Ballarat. Ballarat, Australia.
Kentel, J.A. (2011). He said/she said. Tackling complex gender dilemmas in sport. Presented for Erasmus programme, March 2011, Universidade de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal.
Kentel, J.A. (2009). Not just in my head. Using alternative forms to present research. A paper presented at the Postgraduate Research Conference, June 2009, Leeds Metropolitan University.
Kentel, J.A. (2008). I play therefore I am. Examining movement literacy. Presented at the Greater Edmonton Teachers’ Convention Association (GETCA), February 2008, Edmonton, Alberta.
Kentel, J.A. (Ed.) (2011). Educating the young: The ethics of care. Oxford: Peter Lang.
Kentel, J.A. & Short, A. (Eds.) (2008). Totems and taboos: Risk and relevance in research on teachers and teaching. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
Casey, C., Kentel, J.A. & Cameron, E. (2013). Diversity in physical education. In D. Robinson and L. Randall (Eds.) Teaching health and physical education in Canadian schools. Toronto, ON: Thompson.
Kentel, J.A. (2012). Getting naked: Aspirations, delusions, and confusions about gender equity in youth sport. In S. Harvey & R. Light (Eds.) Ethics in youth sport (pp. 136-148). London: Routledge.
Kentel, J.A. (2012). Embodiment and ethos in dangerous play. In E. Singleton & A. Varpalotai (Eds.) Pedagogy in motion: A community of inquiry for studies in human movement (pp. 169-186). London, ON: Althouse Press.
Harvey, S. & Kentel, J.A. (2011). Researching with the child at heart. In J.A. Kentel (Ed.) Educating the young: The ethics of care. Oxford: Peter Lang.
Light, R. & Kentel, J.A. (2010). Soft pedagogy for a hard sport (?) Disrupting hegemonic masculinity in high school rugby through feminist-informed pedagogy. In, Kehlen, M., & Atkinson, M. (Eds.) Boys’ bodies (pp. 133-152). Oxford: Peter Lang Publishers.
Halas, J. & Kentel, J.A. (2008). Giving the body its due. Autobiographical reflections and utopian imaginings. In J. R. Wiens & D. Coulter (Eds.), Why do we educate? Renewing the conversation. Ames, IA: Blackwell Publishing. Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education, 107(1), 207-222.
Articles in Refereed Journals
Williams, K. & Kentel, J.A. (2013). Risky pedagogy: Reconceptualizing gymnastics education through collaborative inquiry in an Irish primary school. Asian Journal of Exercise & Sports Science 10(2), 60-76.
Light, R. & Kentel, J.A. (2013). Mushin: learning in technique-intensive sports as a process of uniting mind and body through complex learning theory. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, pp. 1-16. doi: 10.1080/17408989.2013.868873
Sawada, D. & Kentel, J.A. (2010) Educating Seth: An ecosophical conversation. The Trumpeter, 26(3), 4-26.
Kentel, J.A. (2010). The dance of conversation: Movement, language and learning. Asian Journal of Exercise & Sports Science, 7(1), 19-26.
Kentel, J.A. & Karrow, D. (2009). Living (Ek)statically: Educating-within-place and the ecological imagination. Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, 7(2), 6-30.
Lodewyk, K., Lu, C., Kentel, J.A. (2009). Enacting the spiritual dimension in physical education, The Physical Educator, 66(4), 170-179.
Lu, C., Tito, J. & Kentel, J.A. (2009). Eastern movement disciplines (EMDs) and mindfulness: A new path to subjective knowledge in western physical education, Quest, 61(3), 353-370.
Francis-Murray, N. & Kentel, J.A. (2008). The fun factor: Adolescents’ self-regulated leisure activity and the implications for researchers and practitioners, Leisure/Loisir, 32(1), 67-91.
Karrow, D., Kentel, J.A., & Henderson, B. (2007). Paul Shepard: His influence in thought, word, and deed, The Trumpeter, 23(3), 26-43.
Kentel, J.A. & Francis-Murray, N. (2007). Your choice or mine? Gendered perspectives of parental influences on adolescent leisure activities, Avante, 11(3), 23-36.
Kentel, J.A. & Karrow, D. (2007). Mystery and the body: Provoking a deep ecology through the situated bodies of teacher candidates, Complicity, 4(1), 85-101.
Kentel, J.A. & Dobson, T. M. (2007). Beyond myopic views of education: Movement literacy revisited, Physical Education and Sports Pedagogy, 12(2), 145-162.
Kentel, J.A. (2006). The literate mover: Strategies for developing movement understanding in learners, Physical and Health Education (PHE) Journal, 72(4), 20-25.
Kentel, J.A. (2003). Movement the lost literacy: What Kenyan children can teach us about active play, Physical and Health Education (PHE) Journal, 69(1), 12-17.
Kentel, J.A. (2001). The absence of pedagogy – Ten common practices in elementary physical education and the need for change, Physical and Health Education (PHE) Journal, 67(1), 4-9.
Kentel J.A. (2013). The misunderstood mistake. A dance presented at the Canadian Society of Studies in Education (CSSE), May-June 2013, Victoria, BC.
Keyworth, S.& Kentel J.A. (2013). Sport is butch dance is gay.A duo somatogesis presented at the Canadian Society of Studies in Education (CSSE), May-June 2013, Victoria, BC.
Kentel J.A. (2012). The north wind and the sun. A dance presented at the Canadian Society of Studies in Education (CSSE), May-June 2012, Waterloo, Ontario.
Kentel J.A. (2010). I’m just a girl. A dance presented at the Canadian Society of Studies in Education (CSSE), May-June 2010, Montreal, Quebec.
Kentel, J.A. (2009). He’s camp. A dance performed at the Council of University Professors and Researchers (CUPR) Annual Meeting and the Postgraduate Research Conference, Leeds Metropolitan University.
Kentel, J.A. (2008). Poethic reprise. A danced response for a paper session at the Canadian Society for Studies in Education (CSSE).
Kentel, J.A. (2008). Sticks and stones. A dance presented for the Celebration of Creative Works at the Canadian Society for Studies in Education (CSSE).
Kentel, J.A. Tomboy. A dance presented at the International Association of Physical Education and Sports for Girls and Women (IAPESGW) Congress, August 2005, Edmonton, Alberta.
Kentel, J.A. (2009). He’s camp. Socially conscious rap composed from transcript records for presentation at the Council of University Professors and Researchers (CUPR) Annual Meeting and the Postgraduate Research Conference, June 2009, Leeds Metropolitan University.
Kentel, J.A. & Kupsch, J.E. (2005). Sayonara Tsunami. Composed and performed live at the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies (CACS) Creative Works in the Arts, London, Ontario, May 2005; “Hearts Across the Ocean” Tsunami Benefit, Brock University; Christ Lutheran Church, St. Catharines, Ontario. CD professionally recorded and published.
Kentel, J.A. (2004). Working Together composed for SD#23 Education Week 2004 was used as a radio advertisement and performed live at the annual meeting.
Kentel, J.A. (2003). Ode to Those of Courage was performed live for the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada. A music video was produced and screened at the Bryan Adams Fire Benefit Concert 2003. The sound recording was featured on CBC Radio and CHBC news.
Kentel, J.A. (2001). Eyes of a Child was performed live at a special assembly to honour the victims of 9-11, Kelowna, BC.
Peter Train (Supervisory committee member) – In progress
Remy Hassanin (Co-supervisor) – University of Ballarat – In progress
Christina Curry (Co-Supervisor) – Teachers’ experiences of the implementation of Teaching Games for Understanding in an Australian independent secondary school – Completed 2013
Pamela Cook(Supervisory committee member) – Emergent Voices from an Orphanage School in Belize, Central America – Completed August 2010
Kevin Sandher (Supervisory committee member) – In progress
Sandra McNulty (Supervisor) – The Role of Play in the Development of Children: Perspectives of Home School Community Liaison Teachers in Ireland – Completed with Distinction November 2011. Awarded the Academic Prize.
Dolores O’Hagan (Supervisor) – Primary Teachers’ Perspectives of Aquatics in the Irish Curriculum – Completed with Merit November 2011
Carmel Browne (Supervisor) – Teachers’ Perspectives and Experiences of Implementing the PE Curriculum in Primary Schools in Ireland – Completed with Distinction November 2011
Julia Carroll (Supervisor) – My Two Faces: Masculine and Feminine Conceptions of a Female Athlete – Completed November 2011
Alan Canny (Supervisor) – Reflections of a Gaelic Footballer: A Self-Study of Pedagogical Inspiration – Completed November 2011
Catherine Keaveney (Supervisor) – Reflections on Teaching Physical Education in a Socio-economic Disadvantaged Classroom – Completed with Merit November 2011
Clare Caslin (Supervisor) – Teachers’ Perspectives of Children’s Participation in Physical Education in Irish Primary Schools – Completed with Merit November 2011
Orla McWeeney (Supervisor) – Teachers’ Perspectives of the Current Status of Senior Cycle Physical Education in Ireland – Completed November 2011
Vincent Tighe (Supervisor) – Teachers’ Perspectives of Physical Activity Levels of Children at Break Times in Irish Primary Schools – Completed with Merit November 2011
Daniel Wakwima (Supervisor) – Physical education teachers’ stories about teaching and coaching in Uganda – Completed November 2011
Gary Kelleher (Supervisor) – Irish Primary Teachers’ Perspectives of the Guided Discovery Approach to Teaching Physical Education – Completed November 2011
Karen Bourke (Supervisor) – Rethinking Gymnastics: Teachers’ Experiences of Peer Mentoring in an Irish Primary School – Completed with Distinction June 2011
Ashling McDonagh (Supervisor) – Teachers’ perceptions of Irish Dance in the Curriculum – Completed with Distinction June 2011
Stephen Walsh (Supervisor) – Student perceptions of the factors that influence participation in Gaelic football – Completed with Distinction November 2010
Sinead Walsh (Supervisor) – Implementation of the active school initiative: Perceptions of a group of senior primary school children – Completed with Merit November 2010
Ita Seoighe (Supervisor) – Mentoring in primary school physical education: An Irish account – Completed with Distinction November 2010. Awarded the Academic Prize.
Kenneth Dennedy (Supervisor) – The Irish primary school physical education curriculum: Curriculum as planned – curriculum as lived – Completed with Merit November 2010
Noreen Mackey (Supervisor) – Student perceptions of peer assessment and its relationship to learning in a gymnastics unit – Completed with Distinction November 2010
Catherine Canny (Supervisor) – A mentoring experience: Pedagogical transformation through educational gymnastics – Completed with Merit November 2010
Paul Gaines (Supervisor) – The use of place and space to create enabling environments – Completed with Distinction June 2010. Awarded the Academic Prize.
Chris Reynolds (Supervisor) – Teachers’ perceptions of the pedagogical approaches used with male and female students in physical education – Completed June 2010
Silvia Ieraci (Advisory committee member) – Improving the Oral Health Status of Functionally Independent and Dependent Seniors Residing in Long-Term Care Facilities Through Dental Hygiene Education – Completed February 2008
Barbara Harrison (Advisory committee member) – Quality Time: Exploring Meaningful Mandatory Community Involvement Programs in Secondary Schools – Completed January 2008
Scott Hill (Supervisor) – The Significance of Physical Education in Native School Systems -Completed October 2008
Victoria Gray-Wraight (Supervisor) – Factors Influencing Females’ Voluntary Enrolment in Physical Education – Completed April 2008
Heidi Burrows (Advisory committee member) – Enhancing Personal Effectiveness: The Impacts of Costa Rica Outward Bound on Students in a Private School in Southwestern Ontario – Completed July 2007
Tina Siddik (2nd Reader) – Teacher Perceptions of the Quality Daily Fitness Program -Completed April 2005
EDCP 320 – Physical Education – Elementary: Curriculum and Pedagogy
EDUC 450B – Inquiry Seminar I
EDUC 451B – Inquiry Seminar II
EDUC 500 – Research Methodology in Education
EDCP 508A – Review of Research of Curriculum and Pedagogy in Physical Education