Margaret Whitehead

Margaret Whitehead

Margaret Whitehead (PhD D Arts) trained as a PE teacher and spent most of her career training teachers of PE. Following the completion of her PhD she continued to research and developed the concept of physical literacy. She retired in 2000 and is now a physical education consultant. She is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Bedfordshire, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Wales Trinity St. David. She authored the seminal publication on Physical Literacy:- Physical Literacy throughout the life course in 2010 and has subsequently travelled the world presenting on the concept. She was President of the Physical Education Association of GB and NI from 1999-2001 and is now the President of the newly formed International Physical Literacy Association  ( www.physical-literacy.org.uk and @PhysLiteracy ). In 2013 she was presented with The Audrey Bambra Legacy Award for a life’s work that continues to influence the lives of girls and women in Physical Education and Sport at local, national and international level.

This lecture will look at #MoveLearnLive from a physical literacy perspective. Join Margaret to hear her journey of developing the concept of physical literacy. This is based on the view that physical activity is both valuable in itself and can contribute to holistic development. As we move, we learn about ourselves and about the world. As teachers of physical education we have the opportunity both to inspire students to further their physical literacy journey, and to foster human flourishing. Here we are in Vienna, which has a proud history of philosophical thought – no better reason to look at our work as physical educators from a philosophical perspective.