Joy I Butler

Scarfe 2204
phone: 6048224974
fax: 6048224714

Title

Professor
Constructivism
Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE)
Curriculum Innovation and change
Teaching and Learning in Sports

Education

Boston University, US , 1993, Ed.D, Curriculum &Teaching
Boston University, US, 1990, M.Ed, Human Movement
London University, UK, 1979, B.Ed, Movement Studies

Bio

Dr. Joy Butler is a Professor in the Dept of Curriculum and Pedagogy at UBC, Vancouver, Canada. She is coordinator of Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE), Outdoor Education & Health programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels and include two-year M.Ed Cohorts for Physical Educators. Born in the United Kingdom, Dr. Butler taught secondary school Physical Education there for ten years, as well coaching three basketball teams to national finals.

Joy’s research and teaching have developed around constructivism, complexity thinking, situated ethics and community wellness. She is active in international scholarship, organization, and advocacy for TGfU.  She founded and was Chair of the TGfU Task Force in 2002 and developed its evolution into the TGfU SIG in 2006. She directed the 1st and 4th International Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) Conferences in 2001 and 2008. She has been invited to give presentations and workshops on TGfU in many different countries, including Finland, Singapore, Australia, Spain, Taiwan, Hong Kong, UK and Colombia. She created and now Chairs the TGfU International Advisory Board comprising of 17 individual country representatives.

Joy has edited or coedited six TGfU books. Her authored book will be published in 2015. Her research interests and international work have translated into the expansion of graduate and undergraduate PE programs at UBC. In June 2014 she completed the second M.Ed cohort of physical educators at UBC with a specific research focus on TGfU.

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Invited Presentations

KEYNOTES

Butler, J. (2016, July). TBD. International Conference (6th) of Teaching Games for Understanding, Cologne, Germany.

Butler, J. (2013, November 18th) Teaching Games for Understanding: Developing decision-makers in games. National Physical Education Conference, Expomoticidad, Medellin, Colombia.

Butler, J. (2012, July 14-16). Emergent learning focused teachers and their world views. International Conference (5th) of Teaching Games for Understanding, Loughborough University. UK.

Butler, J. (2005, December). The reflection & projection on TGfU from North America’s perspective. National Sport Pedagogy Convention, Taipei, Taiwan.

Butler, J. (2003, December). Petagogy: Old dogs, new tricks and puppy school. International Conference (2nd) of Teaching Games for Understanding, Melbourne, Australia.

Other
Butler, J., Almond, L. Kirk, D, & Piltz, W. (2011, June 22-25th). Part of a panel and webinar broadcasted internationally. Games Centered Approaches in PE. Will there be a time when the TGfU movement has served its purpose? International Association Internationale des Ecoles Superieures d’Education Physique (AIESEP), Limerick University, Ireland, UK.

Butler, J., Ovens, A. Jess, M. Kirk, D. (2011, June 22-25th) Using Enabling Constraints to Facilitate Emergent Learning in an Inventing Games Unit. International Association Internationale des Ecoles Superieures d’Education Physique (AIESEP), Limerick University, Ireland, UK.

Butler, J. (2010, October). Changing the TGfU Task Force to TGfU Special Interest Group.  International Association Internationale des Ecoles Superieures d’Education Physique (AIESEP) Congress, La Coruna, Spain

Butler, J. (2010, May). Inventing Games as a unit taught within the TGfU model: Creating a complex unit of emergent learning. Complex Learning Systems and Physical Education Expert Panel (Hopper, T., Butler, J., Ovens, A., & Rossi, A) at the 2010 International Conference of Physical Education and Sports Science (ICPESS), National Institute of Education, Singapore, 25-28 May, 2010.

Butler, J. (2008, October). Teaching Games for Understanding as Curriculum Model. Quality Daily Physical Education Pro-D Conference, 22nd Annual Elementary and Secondary School Teachers’ Conference. PEBC. Douglas College, New Westminster, BC.

Butler, J. (2008, October). Inventing Games in the Invasion Category of TGfU Classifications of Games. Quality Daily Physical Education Pro-D Conference, 22nd Annual Elementary and Secondary School Teachers’ Conference. PEBC. Douglas College, New Westminster, BC.

Selected Publications

BOOKS

Butler, J. (in press) Teaching Social Justice through inventing games: The bullying stops here. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Ovens, A., Hopper, T., & Butler, J. (Eds). (2013) Complexity in Physical Education. London, Routledge

Butler, J. (Ed) (2012) TGfU by Teacher-Researchers in BC.

Butler, J., Griffin, L. (2010). More Teaching Games for Understanding: Moving globally, (pp. 1-248). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Hopper, T., Butler, J., Storey, B. (Eds.). (2009). TGfU…Simply good pedagogy: Understanding a complex challenge. Ottawa, ONT. PHE Canada

Griffin, L. & Butler, J. (Eds.). (2005). Teaching games for understanding: Theory, Research and Practice, (pp. 1-238).  Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Butler, J., Griffin, L., Lombardo, B. Nastasi, R. (Eds.). (2003). Teaching games for understanding in physical education and sport: An international perspective (pp.1-224). Reston, VA. National Association of Sport and Physical Education.

REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES

Butler, J. (2014) TGfU Would you know if you saw it? Benchmarks from the tacit knowledge of the founders.  European Physical Education Review. DOI: 10.1177/1356336X14534356

Butler, J. (2013). Situating ethics in games education. Canadian Journal of Education, 36(4), 93-114.

Butler, J. (2013) Game play and democracy in action: Children inventing games. JOPERD 84(4), 48-53

Butler, J., Storey, B., Robson, C. (2012). Emergent learning focused teachers (ELF’s) and their ecological complexity worldview. Sport, Education and Society, DOI:10.1080/13573322.2012.680435.

Storey, B. & Butler, J. (2012). Complexity thinking in PE: games centred approaches, games as complex adaptive systems, and ecological values. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy. DOI: 10.1080/17408989.2011.649721.

Butler, J. & Hopper, T. (2011). Inventing Net/Wall games for all students. Active and Healthy Magazine. Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation. 18(314), 5-9

Butler, J., Griffin, L., Mitchell, S., & Oslin, J. (2008). The Way Forward for TGfU: Filling the Chasm between Theory and practice, The Physical and Health Education Journal, 74(2) 6-12.

Butler, J. (2008) Using pedometers to get a community on the move. AVANTE, Journal of Research and Physical Education, 11(3) 118-134.

Butler, J., *Sullivan, S., *McGinley, S., *Vjanjes, M. (2007). Teaching Danish long ball to introduce striking games. The Physical and Health Education Journal, 73(3) 29-33. * Undergraduates from 2005 B.Ed program.

Mandigo, J., Butler, J., & Hopper, T. (2007). What is teaching games for understanding? A Canadian perspective, Physical and Health Education Journal, 73(2), 14-20.

Butler, J. (2006) Curriculum constructions of ability: enhancing learning through teaching games for understanding as a curriculum model. Sport Education and Society, 11(3), 243-258.

Hubball, H. & Butler, J. (2006). Learning-centred approaches to games education: Problem-based learning (PBL) in a Canadian youth soccer program, Journal of Physical Education New Zealand, 39(1) 20-31.

Butler, J. (2006). An introduction to NCATE and NASPE/NCATE beginning teacher standards, (article one in a special topics series). Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 77(2), 15-19.

Butler, J. (2005). TGfU Petagogy: Old dogs, new tricks and puppy school. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, (10), 3, 225-240.

Light, R. & Butler, J. (2005). Australian and American early career teachers’ experiences of TGfU teaching. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy (10), 3, 241-254

Wright, S. McNeil, M. & Butler J.  (2004).The role socialization can play in promoting teaching games for understanding. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 82(4),35-42.

Butler, J. (2003). Starting a majors’ club. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 74(3), 33-37.

Butler, J. (1997). How would Socrates teach games?  A constructivist approach to teaching games. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (68), 9, 42-47.

Butler, J. (1996). Teacher responses to teaching games for understanding. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (67), 9, 17-20

More Publications

CHAPTERS

Ovens, A., Hopper, T. & Butler, J. (2013). Complexity in Physical Education: Reframing pedagogy, curriculum and research. London, Routledge.

Butler, J. & Robson, C. (2013). Enabling constraints: co-creating situated learning in Inventing Games, In A. Ovens, T. Hopper, & J. Butler (Eds). Complexity in Physical Education: Reframing pedagogy, curriculum and research. London, Routledge.

Butler, J., & Robson, C. (2012). If curriculum is a race (curerre) can TGfU put us back in? In E. Singleton and A. Varpalotal (Eds). Pedagogy in Motion: A Community of Inquiry for Studies in Human Movement. Ontario, Canada. Althouse Press.

Storey, B., & Butler, J. (2010). In Ecological thinking, complexity science and TGfU. In L. Griffin, & J. Butler (Eds.), More Teaching games for understanding: Theory, Research and Practice Champaign, IL. Human Kinetics.

Butler, J., & Griffin, L. (2010). TGfU: Moving globally. In L. Griffin, & J. Butler (Eds.), More Teaching games for understanding: Theory, Research and Practice Champaign, IL. Human Kinetics

Mandigo, J., Butler, J., & Hopper, T. (2009). What is teaching games for understanding? A Canadian perspective. In T. Hopper, J. Butler, B. Storey, (Eds.).  pp.3-13. TGfU…Simply good pedagogy: Understanding a complex challenge. Ottawa, ONT. PHE Canada

Butler, J. (2007). A holistic alternative in games education. In Fishburne G. J.  (2007). Teaching Developmentally Appropriate Physical Education, Edmonton, AB: Ripon Publishing.

Research Projects

A study of situated ethics through inventing games: Teacher perspectives and student learning. (2010-2013)

  • Funding Agency: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
  • Grant Amount: $125,775
  • P.I.: Joy Butler, C.I. Dr. B. Davis (UCal); Dr. Tim Hopper (UVic), GRA’s Sarah Taylor and Jessica Bania

Using decision-making to improve the learning, understanding and playing of games (2007-2008)

  • Funding Agency: Hampton Research fund (large grants)
  • Grant amount: $5000

Students Supervised

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

Anokwuru, J. (2014 – present, supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Special and Physical Education)

Bigloo, F. (2014 – present, supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)

Hill, S. (2014 – present, supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)

Minjares, V.F. (2013 – present, co-supervisor): University of Auckland – Technology, NZ.

MASTER OF ARTS

Sandher, K. (2014, supervisor) Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)

Thesis research: Students social experiences through inventing games.

Leuty, R. (2013, supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Curriculum Studies)
Thesis research: Lost in being: (Re)situating self in teacher education

Taylor, S. (2013, supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Thesis research: What about us? Shedding light on four little salmon carmacks first nations (LSCFN) girls experiences with rural school athletics in the Yukon territory

Bigloo, F. (2012,  supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Thesis research: Walking, social and built environments and quality of life in older adults

Russell, E. (2010, supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Thesis research: Mindful P.E.: Factors that facilitate physical educators’ implementation of TGfU into their teaching practice.

West, D. (2007, co-supervisor) Curriculum and Pedagogy (Outdoor Education)
Thesis: Contrast & comparison of outdoor ed. program planning practices through a conceptual framework lens

Sanderson, A. (2005, co-supervisor): Curriculum Studies (Outdoor Education)
Thesis: Barriers & bridges to outdoor education programs in elementary school curricula

MASTER OF EDUCATION

In Process

Janzen, S. (2014 – present, supervisor) Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)

Martin, A. (2014 – present, supervisor) Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)

Thompson, J. (2014 – present, supervisor) Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)

Ballard, R. (2013 – present, supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)

McKay, J. (2013 – present, supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)

 

COMPLETED

Anita Guglielmini (2014, supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)

TGU2 Cohort 2012-2014

Aura, B. (2014, co-supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: Physical Education: A New Lens

 

Bigiolli, A. (2014, supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: Female choice in elective PE: Where have all the girls gone?

Chan, R. (2014, co-supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: Cultural Influences of Physical Education

Connolly, D. 2014, c0-supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: Factors that influence female engagement in physical education.

Dunkin, D. (2014, supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: Where have the kids gone?  An examination of declining enrollment in senior physical education

Dykstra, S. (2014, c0-supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: The learning environment in team sports

Kanavos, G. (2014, supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: Pedagogical change in physical education

Kimura, S. (2014, c0-supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: What do you mean online PE: A narrative of the meaning found in online PE

Jackson, B. (2014, supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: The effects of games performance assessment instrument (GPAI) on Grade 7 girls physical self-efficacy in playing games.

Lum, C. (2014, supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: Chinese teenage males’ experiences in physical activity settings

McGinley, S. (2014, supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: Pedagogical change in physical education

O’Bee, A. (2014, co-supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: Factors that influence female engagement in physical education.

Puharich, R. (2014, co-supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: Hybrid student-centered physical education

Rankine, P. (2014, supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: Boys in physical education: A proposed study to highlight their engagement in games when experiencing the TGfU approach for the first time.

Strain, K. (2014,  co-supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: Hybrid student-centered physical education

Wickstrom, K. (2014, supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: Where have the kids gone?  An examination of declining enrollment in senior physical education

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Burnham, S. (2012, supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: Critical incidences in PE. Problematizing practice to change assumptions.

Hans, G. (2012, supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: Playground leaders program.

Leung, R. (2012, supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Home Economics Education)
Graduating Project: Financial literacy importance in Home Economics.

TGU1 Cohort

David Amram (2011, supervisor) Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: Global TGfU: International PE teacher educators and their pre-service PE teachers

Greg Emery (2011, supervisor) Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: Teacher Responses to the TGfU Methodology

Matt Giuliani (2011, supervisor) Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: The pedagogical battle to positively stimulate unfit students: TGfU vs a typical PE approach.

Catherine Jane Graham (2011, supervisor) Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: The impact of TGfU on recreational female soccer players

Trevor Hansen (2011, supervisor) Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: A comparison of the fitness benefits of TGfU and direct teaching methodologies

Kaye Hetherington (2011, supervisor) Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: Is TGfU for you? A Study to determine the barriers of implementing TGfU

Luke Ireland (2011, supervisor) Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: Observational Learning

David Lopez (2011, supervisor) Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: Female students: Declined enrollment in senior PE study

Brian McAskill (2011, supervisor) Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: Coaching for Decision making: A practical application of TGfU on a senior boys’ varsity volleyball team

David Miller (2011, supervisor) Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: To TGfU or not to TGfU: The generalists’ dilemma

Dom Morra (2011, supervisor) Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: A comparison of the fitness benefits of TGfU and direct teaching methodologies

Sukh Rai (2011, supervisor) Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: Teacher Responses to the TGfU Methodology

Michelle Seyers (2011, supervisor) Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: TGfU & the Generalist Teacher

Peter Train,  (2011, co-supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: Re-pleasuring PE. A work in progress

Shauna Underwood, (2011, supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: Is TGfU for you? A study to determine the barriers of implementing TGfU.

Sunny Uppal, (2011, co-supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: Motivated to study motivation: TGFU and student motivation.

Glenn Urquhart, (2011, supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: Observational learning

Kevin Vasconcelos, (2011, co-supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: Motivated to study motivation: TGFU and student motivation.

Ryan Ververgaert, (2011, co-supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: the pedagogical battle of positively stimulate unfit students: TGFU vs a typical PE approach.

Michael Vranjes, 2011, supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: Female students: Declined enrollment in senior PE study.

Werbes, R. (2011, supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating paper: The TGFU approach to PE and girls self reported experiences.

Woron, K. (2011, co-supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: TGFU and the generalist teacher.

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Baker, B. (2011, supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: Movement with meaning.

Davis, A. (2011, supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: Analysis of daily physical activity (DPA) implementation as a BC secondary school using an educational organization framework.

Au, J. (2010, supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)

Gibson, R. (2010, supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: Down, set, hut! TGfU and football.

Hilborn, A. (2010 – present, supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)

Sweeney, R. (2010, co-supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Home Economics Education)
Graduating Project: Re-focusing on nutrition and health: Modifying a grade 8 home economics food and nutrition course.

Yee, F. (2010, co-supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)

Craik, T. (2009, supervisor) Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: A case study on the social processes of grade six students during an inventing games unit.

Hans, G (2009 – present, supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)

Leung, R. (2009 – present, co-supervisor): Curriculum and Pedagogy (Home Economics Education)

Wolska, E. (2009, Co-supervisor) Curriculum and Pedagogy (Home Economics Education)
Graduating paper: Exploring spirituality in home economics

Johnson, A. (2008, Supervisor) Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: Getting K. students more active

Back, D. (2007, Supervisor) Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: Getting K. students more active

Magriotidis, P. (2006) Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: The importance of a meaningful HS senior PE program.

Harbinder, D. (2005, Co-supervisor) Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)
Graduating Project: Motivating adolescent girls in PE.

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DIPLOMA

Loughlean, P. (2009, supervisor) Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)

Daily physical activity: Changes in students fitness and attitudes

Watkins, L. (2009, supervisor) Curriculum and Pedagogy (Physical Education)

 

Courses Taught

UBC

EDUC500 Research Methodologies
EDCP 501 Knowing, Teaching and Learning
EDCP 508A
EDCP508B
EDCP 530 Curriculum Innovations in Physical Education
EDCP 580 Problems in Education
EDCP 585 Seminar in Curriculum and Pedagogy – Secondary Physical Education
EDCP 585 Seminar in Curriculum and Pedagogy – Elementary Physical Education
EDCP 590 Graduating Projects

EDCP 320 (PETE320) Curriculum and Pedagogy in Physical Education: Elementary
EDCP 322A (PETE314) Curriculum and Pedagogy in Physical Education: Secondary
EDUC 471 Practicum