Rachael Jefferson-Buchanan

Proposed Title

An examination of the relationship between philosophy, pedagogy and practice in UK Education: focusing on specific epochs in physical education.


My research comprises a Foucauldian genealogical approach in which I am looking across a 120 year timeline in physical education pedagogy and practice to find continuities and discontinuities therein. In ascertaining these 'gaps', transformations, shifts and ruptures, I will be exposing new 'truths' about contemporary physical education which will inform it on the level of class and gender constructions of the body. Accordingly, I will be able to problematise contemporary physical education and suggest ways forward to enhance and enrich the delivery and content of this school subject for all students.

Why I chose CSU

I was enrolled at the University of Birmingham in the UK and had completed my transfer from MPhil to PhD with them when I secured employment as a full-time lecturer at CSU in 2013. Completing my PhD at CSU is an essential part of my teaching-research role here.


  • Member of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Committee in the School of Education.
  • Member of the committee to develop a new Curriculum & Pedagogy specialisation for the MEd.
  • Editorial Board member for Teaching, Research, and Media in Kinesiology (online international peer-reviewed journal) (since 2012).
  • Member of the NSW NESA [formerly BOSTES] register of curriculum writers and reviewers for Dance and PDHPE K-12 (since 2016).
  • Peer reviewer for European Physical Education Review (EPER) (since 2016).
  • Peer reviewer for Routledge book proposals (since 2016).


  • Jefferson-Buchanan, R. (2016, December). Exploring the gender-constructed body across time in UK physical education through a feminist framework. Paper presented at the International Society for Engineers and Researchers (ISER) 43rd International Conference, Sydney, Australia, 5-6 December (pp. 19-26). Khandagiri, India: R.K. Printers. ISBN-978-93-86291-50-9.
  • Jefferson-Buchanan, R. (2016). Traces of discourses and govern-mentality within the content and implementation of the Western Australian Fundamental Movement Skills programme (STEPS Professional Development). Education 3-13, 1-12. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/k4h5JVu8u96PdTc4anKJ/full#.V3B8rKLwk-c 
  • Jefferson-Buchanan, R. (2015). A case study: Review of an Indigenous digital resource as a potential medium for dance undergraduate teaching and learning: Cassie's Story: Dyan Ngal (Wiradjuri for 'fix me'). The Journal of Teaching, Research, and Media in Kinesiology, 3, 1-21.
  • Jefferson-Buchanan, R. (2012). Dance: teaching and learning possibilities within the early years and primary school context. In G. Griggs (Ed.). (2012). An introduction to primary physical education (pp. 135-150). London: Routledge.
  • Jefferson-Buchanan, R. (2011). The fundamental movement skills programme (Steps PD). Physical development challenges and opportunities in the primary school context. In A. Howe & V. Richards (Eds.). Bridging the transition from primary to secondary school (pp. 113-126). London: Routledge.
  • Jefferson-Buchanan, R. (2011). The Benefits of Using Yoga. Early Years Educator, 13(3), 30-32.
  • Jefferson-Buchanan, R. (2010). Early Movement Skills. Early Years Educator, 12(8), 30-32.
  • Jefferson-Buchanan, R. (2009). Fundamental fun. 132 activities to develop fundamental movement skills. Oxon: STEPS PD.
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