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UKPE Cross-border Learning and Innovation Collaborative

UKPE Cross-border Learning and Innovation Collaborative

Making space for interdisciplinary research, dialogue, and collaboration in Physical Education and Health and Wellbeing

Research Overview

UKPE Cross-border Learning and Innovation Collaborative (UKPE CLIC) is a multi-cultural team of interdisciplinary researchers and educators based across the four home countries of the United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales). We research a wide range of contemporary issues within health and wellbeing and physical education (HWB/PE) and work both comparatively and collaboratively with educators to co-develop solutions that respond to issues connected to the advancement of HWB/PE across the UK. Importantly, we also believe that our findings, and our comparative-collaborative approach, has relevance and impact beyond the UK borders.

Our activities range from conceptual research through to the development of applied solutions focused at the micro-level of the classroom. The group draws upon a variety of conceptual and methodological specialisms across disciplines including sociology, pedagogy, and curriculum development.

We place emphasis on enabling all researchers, educators and students to engage in collaborative practices that facilitate learning and innovation. In doing so, UKPE CLIC is focused on creating a space to allow for enriched dialogue and activities that promote the generation of solutions orientated towards the equitable and sustainable advancement of HWB/PE within the UK and beyond. To ensure the centrality of teachers in this process, the UKPE collaborative is guided by the following core principles:

    • learning from and working collaboratively with teachers
    • facilitating discussion across borders
    • building capacity within the teaching profession to engage in critical thinking and discussion of pedagogy and curriculum
    • relating research to practice so that it is accessible and meaningful



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