Lecturer in Health and Physical Education, School of Education and Professional Studies
Ben completed his undergraduate degree in Human Movement Studies at The University of Queensland. After a number of years teaching Health and Physical Education in a large Brisbane secondary school, he returned to The University of Queensland to undertake a PhD on the outsourcing of Health, Sport and Physical Education. Ben joined Griffith University in 2012 at the conclusion of his PhD as a Lecturer in Health and Physical Education in the School of Education and Professional Studies. He is also a member of the Griffith Institute of Educational Research.
Ben’s research interests concern social theoretical investigations of health and physical education pedagogy. Broadly, these researches involve qualitative explorations of formal and informal knowledge (re)production concerning physical activity, health and the body. Currently, he has a strong interest in exploring the implications of blended learning strategies for the (re)production of body knowledge in performative learning areas such as health and physical education. Ben is also an active member of the Griffith Institute of Educational Research’s Critical Research Methodologies Group.
Ben teaches into the School’s Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) programs. His teaching areas align with, inform, and are informed by, his research interests, and focus on teaching, learning and curriculum issues in middle and senior years health and physical education.
- Williams, B. J., Hay, P. J., & Macdonald, D. (2011). The outsourcing of health, sport and physical educational work: A state of play. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 16(4), 399-415.
- Macdonald, D., Hay, P. J., & Williams, B. J. (2008). Should you buy? Neoliberalism, neo-HPE, and your neo-job. Journal of Physical Education New Zealand, 41, 6-13.
Alongside his teaching and research work at Griffith University, Ben is also a member of the management committee of the Australian Council of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (Queensland Branch).