Sport Culture and Physical Education (SCAPE)

The Sport Culture And Physical Education (SCAPE) Research Group undertake primarily qualitative enquiry into a wide range of socially constructed contemporary issues within Sport Culture and Physical Education. Through their diverse and highly respected research and writing, and their involvement in events and organisations, the members of the group continue to make a notable contribution to their area of scholarship.

Current Projects

Great Sporting Moments

Dr Gerald Griggs, Kath Leflay and Dr Mark Groves continue to develop their innovative work examining ‘great sporting moments.’ See their recent work entitled‘ Just watching it again now still gives me goose bumps!’:Understanding moments of private nostalgia as a sport spectator in the Sociology of Sport Journal.

Gender and Sport

Dr Kay Biscomb maintains her sustained, high level research interest concerning gender and sport. Recent publication successes include:  ‘A splendid effort!’ Print media reporting of England’s women’s performance in the 2009 Cricket World Cup in the International Review for the Sociology of Sport and Three generations of Lancashire women in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education.

Movement Culture

Gavin Ward is currently working on a number of projects connected to Physical Education and movement culture. Recent publications include ‘Learning Movement Culture: ‘Learning movement culture: mapping the landscape between physical education and school sport’ in Sport, Education and Society and ‘Physical Education in the UK: disconnections and reconnections’ in The Curriculum Journal.

Special Educational Needs and Physical Education

Dr Richard Medcalf continues to explore unique connections between Special Educational Needs and Physical Education. His recent work entitled. Experiencing Physical Education Through the Filter of Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties can be found in International Perspectives on Inclusive Education.

Occupational Socialisation and Instructional Models

After recent successes in researching instructional models in Physical Education, such Researching the pieces of a puzzle: The use of a jigsaw learning approach in the delivery of undergraduate gymnastics. In the Journal of Further and Higher Education, Dr Nick O’Leary has recently completed his doctorate entitled, The influence of occupational socialization on Physical Education teachers’ interpretation and delivery of Teaching Games for Understanding. Forthcoming papers developed from this work are in press with the European PE Review.

Olympic Research

Various SCAPE group members are involved in projects relating to the Olympic Games. Within the team Pat McCarthy is conducting a PhD entitled ‘Comparative Analysis of Media Representation of Gender during the Beijing Olympics (2008)’. Dr Gerald Griggs and Gavin Ward are the latest members of the team to publish in this area exploring The London 2012 Legacy for Primary Physical Education found in Sociological Research Online. 

Selected Publications:

  • Biscomb, K. and Griggs, G. (2013) ‘A splendid effort! ’Print media reporting of England’s women’s performance in the 2009 Cricket World Cup. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 48, 1, 99-111. 
  • Ward, G. (2012). Learning movement culture: mapping the landscape between physical education and school sport. Sport, Education and Society, ifirst, 1-36.
  • Griggs, G., Leflay, K. and Groves, M. (2012) ‘Just watching it again now still gives me goose bumps!’:Understanding moments of private nostalgia as a sport spectator. Sociology of Sport Journal, 29,1, 89 – 101.
  • Medcalf, R., Marshall, J., Hardman, K. and Visser, J. (2011). Experiences and Perceptions of Physical Education. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 16, 2, 189-206.
  • O’Leary, N., and Griggs, G. (2010) Researching the pieces of a puzzle: the use of a jigsaw learning approach in the delivery of undergraduate gymnastics. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 34, 1, 73-81.

For a more detailed overview of publications which emanate from the work of this group, please consult individual staff profiles available to view through the links above, or the Staff Directory.

Postgraduate (research) study

Many of the members of SCAPE are currently supporting students who are engaging in Postgraduate study – both on Taught courses and through Research degrees.

Contact

For further information on the work of this group, or to discuss opportunities for collaboration and/or consultancy relating to our areas of expertise, please contact the group co-ordinators Dr Gerald Griggs and Dr Richard Medcalf.

Members

Dr Kay Biscomb
Associate Dean Learning and Teaching
Email: K.Biscomb@wlv.ac.uk

Prof Ken Green
Ken is a visiting professor. Head of Sport & Exercise Sciences at the University of Chester.
See publications

Dr Gerald Griggs
Senior Lecturer
Email: g.griggs@wlv.ac.uk

Dr Mark Groves
Senior Lecturer/ Course Leader for Sports Studies
Email: M.Groves@wlv.ac.uk

Kath Leflay
Lecturer Sports Studies
Email: Kath.Leflay@wlv.ac.uk

Patrick McCarthy
Principal Lecturer for Admissions and Collaborative Links
Email: P.McCarthy@wlv.ac.uk

Dr Richard Medcalf
Lecturer
Email: R.Medcalf@wlv.ac.uk

Nick O’Leary
Course Leader / Senior Lecturer in Physical Education
Email: N.O'Leary@wlv.ac.uk

Gavin Ward
Senior Lecturer in Physical Education
Email: Gavin.Ward@wlv.ac.uk