The effect of Physical Education lessons on classroom behaviour at Key Stage 2

12th November 2019 : 17:00 - 18:30

Category: Seminar

Speaker: Chris Heemskerk, University of Oxford

Location: Department of Education, Seminar Room K/L, Bruner Building C

Seminar Abstract


Physical inactivity is a well-known threat to our physical and mental health, but the exact relationship between physical activity and cognition is not yet clear. To provide a better understanding of how PE lessons can benefit children’s learning behaviour in the classroom, an intervention providing modified PE lesson content was carried out. On-task behaviour before and after PE was analysed to assess the dose-response relationship between the intensity and complexity of the PE lesson content, and subsequent behavioural engagement in the classroom.


About the speaker


Chris Heemskerk is a 4th year PhD student at the Oxford University Department of Education. She completed the MSc Child Development and Education at Oxford University in 2015, conducting exploratory research into physical activity in primary schools for her dissertation. Prior to studying at the OUDE, Chris completed a BEd in Physical Education at the College of St. Mark and St. John in Plymouth, UK. After graduating in 2007, she worked as a PE teacher and Head of Rowing in secondary and cross-phase schools in Berkshire until 2014. Between completing her MSc and starting PhD research, she spent 1 year working as a PE and cover teacher in primary schools in Oxfordshire, teaching kindergarten through to year 6.


About the department of education


In 2019, the University of Oxford’s Department of Education celebrates the 100th year since the passing of a statute creating what was known in 1919 as the University Department for the Training of Teachers. To celebrate our centenary a year-long series of activities will be delivered to address some of the department’s top initiatives for 2019, answer some of the big questions facing education today and to reveal the advancements the department has made to the study of and research in the field of education. Join us as we mark our 100th year and discover more about our anniversary here.

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