Dr Graham Smith
Associate Head of Department (PE/Coach)
Graham has been at Edge Hill for over ten years having originally joined the department of SPA to teach on the PGCE (PE). His current role is associate head of department with responsibility for PE and coaching degrees. Graham and his teaching team always seek to serve our students interests and prepare them well for a career in teaching or coaching. They are constantly exploring ways of improving provision by reflecting on modules and their delivery and are currently in the process of re-writing both degrees to meet changing employer demands and government policy for sport and PE. Prior to coming to Edge Hill Graham was head of PE faculty at a large secondary school in St. Helens. Before that he spent fourteen years as youth coach/director of youth football at Everton Football Club where he recruited and coached a number of players who went on to play Premiership and international football. He feels fortunate to have worked in activity areas he really enjoys and consistently delivers material in an inclusive, enjoyable, engaging and professional student-centred way that everyone concerned can relate to and benefit from. In an attempt to keep fit he cycles to work, hits the gym and limps quickly around our track!!
- B.Ed. (Physical Education)
- MA (Education)
- PhD. (Migratory coaching talent & English professional football-due for completion in 2009/10)
- Football related topics (wide range of interests from role of agents to occupational culture in professional football clubs and coaching)
- Migration of football coaching and playing talent
- Social, Political and Cultural influences on PE/Education policy
- Inclusion, behaviour management
- PE/ Sport education Pedagogy
- Learning through Physical Education
- Citizenship Education in England since 1944.’ Paper published on-line (APAPDC, Australia) June 2000
- ‘The emergence of the Social Entrepreneur: panacea or paradox?' Children's Social and Economics Education, January, 2002
- ‘Can teachers and coaches co-exist within the National Curriculum?’ Paper submitted to the Journal of Physical Education, (Collaboration with Theo Bampouras).
- ‘Choosing the Right University.’ Physical Education Review (2006) Vol 1: 2
- ‘Careers in Sports sector.’ Physical Education Review (2006) Vol 1: 2
- ‘Physical Education and New Labour Social Inclusion policy.’ Paper submitted to the Journal of Urban Policy (under review)
- 'Assessing Advanced level practical work.' Paper presented to the NW consortium of Advanced level PE institutions, Salford University, May, 1998
- ‘The social construction of citizenship – experiencing change, exchanging experience.’ Paper accepted for the Teachers International Professional Development Programme (TIPD) internet conference, June 2001
- ‘The emergence of the social entrepreneur.’ Paper/Proceedings IACSEE Conference, University of Durham, July 2001
- ‘Social Inclusion and the ‘big bang’ theory.’ Paper presented to the Alienated and Disaffected Youth (ADY) conference, Woodlands conference centre, Lancashire, February 2002
- ‘Physical Education courses of study within Higher Education’. Paper presented to careers advisors, UCAS conference, Birmingham April 2004
- ‘Profiling the successful Premiership manager: Views from the dugout.’ Paper/Proceedings the International Football Institute, University of Central Lancashire, ‘European Football: Influence,
- Change and Development’. 1st and 2nd September 2004.
- ‘The migration of elite level football coaching talent.’ Paper presented at the ‘Moving to study, moving to work: migration and the international career path’ International Conference,Liverpool University 27-31st August 2008
Papers in Development
- Currently engaged in a longitudinal study of postgraduate (P.E.) student perceptions of reparation for teaching (running title: ‘PGCE – panacea or pestilence?’)
- ‘It will end in tiers: New Labour Educational Inclusion policy.’ A critical examination of current government policy.
- Presently working on an autoethnographic account of professional football coaching (running title: ‘The Boot room: exploding the myth?’)
- Presently exploring the role of agents in professional football (running title: ‘Football transfers :a case of Agent Provocateur?’)
- Physical Education degree
- All aspects of PE teaching ranging from planning to delivery
- Wide range of Team and individual sports
Extensive teaching experience in schools as specialist PE teacher, Head of Department and Head of Faculty
Youth Coach/Director of Youth Football at Everton Football Club (1977-1991)
- Professional Footballers Association (Education Provision)
- OCR Advanced level Marker and practical moderator (1996-1999)
- External Examiner/Quality Assurance Advisor- Liverpool Adult Education
- Quality advisory team (P.E.) St. Helens MBC
- External Examiner (P.E. programmes) - University post/undergraduate and Sixth Form College
Special Projects e.g Olympic involvement, every child matters etc.
- Junior Athlete Education day at Edge Hill
- Step in to Sport Festival
External Partnerships which you or your department work with
Wide variety of schools, SSCOs, PDMs and sports clubs
Assessment methods that you use.
On PE and Coaching degrees we use the following assessment strategies: assignments, posters, vivas, coaching/teaching logs, essays, examinations (part-seen), e-brochures, practical teaching/coaching, academic portfolios, dissertation, research proposals, presentation (individual and group), teaching/skills cards, vocational portfolio and critical synopsis