We have a range of completed and on-going post graduate research studies linked to Health and Physical Literacy.
The team in WAHPL manage and support three Master’s programmes in the Institute: MA Physical Education, Sport and Physical Literacy, MA Outdoor Education, MSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition.
Student research projects from these master's programmes have investigated a range of topics — some examples include:
Outdoor Dissertation Research at Level 7
- An exploration of how women perceive the presence of others to affect their freedom in outdoor activities.
- The landscape of outdoor learning in Zimbabwe and the impact of indigenous culture on engagement with the outdoors.
- ‘Sense of Place’ in Further Education Outdoor Adventure.
- How does disconnection from social media on a three-day, UK-based, outdoor residential contribute to the learning experience and change in attitudes or behaviour toward future use?
- Sharing the experience: parent perspectives of an outdoor education programme for families with children and young persons at an SEN school.
- Paddlesport motivation within Wales: an exploration of motivational differences for recreational paddlesport participation within Wales.
Physical Literacy and Physical Education Research at Level 7
- Parental perspectives in relation to pre-schoolers physical activity
- Opportunities for female-identifying-players in Ultimate
- Parents' perception of early specialisation
- The impact of SKIP-Cymru on pupils’ motor skills
- The role of street dance in interest development and subjective task value of male secondary students
- Psychosocial and environmental factors that influence university students’ physical activity.
Full-time PhD students:
- Dr Amanda John (completed)— The impact of SKIP Cymru professional development on pupils’ motor competence, perceived competence and physical activity.
- Dr. Kate Piper (completed) — A social ecological study of mass participation sports events in Pembrokeshire.
- Anna Stevenson (ongoing) — The evaluation and development of Footie Families, a family physical activity engagement programme.
Part-time PhD students:
- Graham French — A new model for Outdoor Adventure Education for Key Stage 3
- David Gardner —High Intensity Training for post-menopausal women
- Martin Norman — Therapeutic landscapes