Members of the Physical Activity and Life Skills (PALS) Group have published extensively in the field. See some of our innovative research below.

Physical Education

Alshuraymi, A. N. and Wright, P. M. (2022) Teaching physical education during Ramadan observanceJournal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 93(3), 51-53.

Dyson, B. P., Howley, D. F., and Wright, P. M. (2020). A scoping review critically examining research connecting social and emotional learning with three model-based practices in physical education: Have we been doing this all along? European Physical Education Review. DOI: 10.1177/1356336X20923710.

Gray, S., Wright, P. M., Sievwright, R., and Robertson, S. (2019). Learning to use teaching for personal and social responsibility through action research. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 38(4), 347-356. DOI:10.1123/jtpe.2018-0190.

Jacobs, J.M., Richards, K.A.R., Wahl-Alexander, Z., and Ressler, J.R. (2019). Helping preservice teachers learn to negotiate sociopolitical relationships through a physical education teacher education outdoor education experience. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 38(4), 296-304. DOI: 10.1123/jtpe.2018-0102.

Ressler, J. and Rodriguez, A. (2020). Possibilities for leadership in high school physical education. Strategies, 33(6), 50-52. DOI: 10.1080/08924562.2020.1782135.

Richards, K. A. R., Ivy, V. N. Wright, P. M., and Jerris, E. (2019). Combining the skill themes approach with teaching personal and social responsibility to teach social and emotional learning in elementary physical education. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 90(3), 35-44. DOI:10.1080/08924562.2020.1782135.

Jacobs, J. M., Wright, P. M. and Richards, K. A. R. (2022) Students’ perceptions of learning life skills through the teaching personal and social responsibility model: An exploratory study. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, 4, article 898738, 1-11. 

Lee, Y. and Wright, P. M. (in press). Bridging the core values of martial arts and social–emotional learning in physical education. Strategies.

Richards, K.A.R., Jacobs, J.M., Lawson, M, Ivy, V. (2020). Preservice teachers learning to teach using the TPSR pedagogical model. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 25(2) 188-200. DOI:10.1080/17408989.2019.1702939.

Stuhr, P.T., Sutherland, S, Ressler, J., and Ortiz-Stuhr, E.M. (2016). The ABCs of adventure-based learning. Strategies, 29(1), 3-9. DOI: 10.1080/08924562.2015.1111787.

Wahl-Alexander, Z., and Curtner-Smith, M. (2019). Influence of negotiations on preservice teachers’ instruction within a skill themes unit. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 39(4), 500-507. DOI: 10.1123/jtpe.2018-0332.

Wahl-Alexander, Z., Curtner-Smith, M., and Sinelnikov, O. (2016). Influence of a purposefully negotiated season of sport education on one teacher and his pupils. European Physical Education Review, 22(4), 450-464.  DOI: 10.1177/1356336X15619123.

Wahl-Alexander, Z., Sinelnikov, O., Curtner-Smith, M. (2017). A longitudinal analysis of students’ autobiographical memories of participation in multiple sport education seasons. European Physical Education Review, 25, 25-40. DOI: 10.1177/1356336X15624246.

Wright, P.M., Gordon, B., and Gray, S. (2020). Social and emotional learning in the physical education curriculum. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education. Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190264093.013.1061.

Wright, P. M., Gray, S. and Richards, K. A. R. (2020). Understanding the interpretation and implementation of social and emotional learning in physical education. The Curriculum Journal, 32(1), 67-86. DOI: 10.1002/curj.85.

Wright, P. M., Henert, S., Looney, M., and Gregory, E. (2021). Correlating self-efficacy for teaching personal and social development with other aspects of physical educators’ teaching self-efficacy. The Physical Educator, 78(2), 163-182.

Wright, P. M. and Irwin, C. (2018). Using systematic observation to assess teacher effectiveness in promoting personally and socially responsible behavior in physical education. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 22(3), 250-262. 10.1080/1091367X.2018.1429445.

Wright, P. M., Richards, K., Jacobs, J.M, and Hemphill, M. (2019). Initial validation of a questionnaire measuring perceived the Transfer of Responsibility. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 38, 316-327. DOI: 10.1123/jtpe.2018-0246.

Wright, P. M., Zittel, L., Gipson, T. and Williams, C. (2019). Assessing relationships between physical development and other indicators of school readiness among preschool students. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 38(4), 388-392. DOI: 10.1123/jtpe.2018-0172.

Youth Development

Cabrera, L. and Jacobs, J.M. (Sept. 2016). Using parkour for teaching personal and social responsibility: Implications for practitioners. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance: Teaching Tips, 87(8), 56-58. DOI: 10.1080/07303084.2016.1217127

Fuerniss, K. and Jacobs, J.M. (2019). A body empowerment boxing club for adolescent female youth. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action. 1-12. DOI: 10.1080/21520704.2019.1693456

Gordon, B., Jacobs, J.M., and Wright, P.M. (2016) Social and emotional learning through a teaching personal and social responsibility-based after school program for disengaged middle school boys. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education. 35(4), 358-369.

Henert, S., Jacobs, J.M. and Wahl-Alexander, Z. (2021) Let’s play! Exploring the impact of summer day camp participation on the physical and psychosocial experiences of diverse urban youth. Child Adolescence Social Work Journal

Jacobs, J.M. (2016). Strategies for using summer camps as a platform for teaching personal and social responsibility to youth. Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation: Active and Healthy Magazine, 23(2/3), 38-42.

Jacobs, J.M., Castaneda, A., and Castaneda, R. (May 2016). Sport-based Youth and Community Development: Beyond the Ball in Chicago. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, 87(5), 18-22. DOI:10.1080/07303084.2016.1157386

Jacobs, J.M., Condon, B., and Wright, P.M. (2014). Project Leadership: Creating a partnership for serving marginalized youth through an afterschool sport program. Professional Development Schools Partners 10(1), 15-11.

Jacobs, J.M., Richards, K.A.R., Shiver, V., and Lawson, M. (2017). The role of family and school culture congruence in transfer from sport-based youth development programs in afterschool contexts. Journal of Amateur Sport: Special Issue on Family Issues in Amateur Athletics 3(3), 20-43.

Jacobs, J. M., Wahl-Alexander, Z., and Mack, T. (2019). Strategies for gaining access to deliver sport programs with highly vulnerable youth. Journal of Youth Development, 14, 155-164.

Jacobs, J.M. and Wahl-Alexander, Z. (2021).  Self-efficacy experiences of graduate students working in a sport-based leadership program at a youth prison. Child Adolescence Social Work Journal

Jacobs, J.M., and Wright, P.M. (2019). Thinking about the transfer of life skills: Reflections from youth in a community-based sport programme in an underserved urban setting. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. 1-15. DOI: 10.1080/1612197X.2019.1655776

Jacobs, J.M. and Wright, P.M. (2016). An alternative application of imagery in youth sport: Promoting the transfer of life skills to other contexts. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, 7(1), 1-10.

Wahl-Alexander, Z., Jacobs, J. M., and Mack, T.* (2019). Lessons learned from the field: Teaching in high-risk physical education environments. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, 90(5), 8-15.

Wright, P.M., Jacobs, J.M., Howell, S.H., and McLaughlin, G. (2020). Implementation and perceived benefits of an after-school soccer program designed to promote social and emotional learning: A multiple case study. Journal of Amateur Sport, 6(1) 125-145. 

International Projects

Gordon, B., Hemphill, M., and Wright, P. M. (2019). Positive youth development through boxing: The New Zealand Experience. In F. Santos, L. Stracham, P. Pereira and D. MacDonald, Coaching positive development: Implications and practices from around the world. Lisbon, Portugal: Omniservicios.

Gordon, B., Wright, P. M., Hemphill, M. A., and Sauni, P. (2021). Inside the ‘black box’ of a long-term sport-based youth development boxing academy in New Zealand. Sport in Society, DOI: 10.1080/17430437.2021.1920928.

Hemphill, M. A., Gordon, B., and Wright, P. M. (2019). Sports as a passport to success: Life skill integration in a positive youth development program. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 24(4), 390-401. DOI: 10.1080/17408989.2019.1606901.

Jacobs, J.M.., Kuipers, K.L., Richards, K. A. R., and Wright, P.M., (2020). Experiential learning of university students delivering a coaching workshop in Belize. Sport Management Education Journal. Advance online publication. 10.1123/smej.2019-0050.

Ressler, J., Richards, K. A. R., and Wright, P. (2016). The sociopolitics of sport, physical education, and school health. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics. 8(4), 745-748. DOI: 10.1080/19406940.2016.1202305.

Santos, F., Corte-Real, N., Regueiras, L., Wright, P. M., Dias, C. and Fonseca, A. (2019). Tool for assessing responsibility-based education (TARE) in the Portuguese context: Instrument adaptation and reliability assessment. Revista Iberoamericana de Psicologia del Ejercicio y el Deporte, 14(2), 102-107. DOI: 10.1080/1091367X.2011.590084.

Toivonen, H., Wright, P. M., Lintunen, T. et al. (2019). Training programme for novice physical activity instructors using teaching personal and social responsibility (TPSR) model: A programme development and protocol. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. DOI: 10.1080/1612197X.2019.1661268.

Wen, X. and Ressler, J. (2019). Investigating water safety education in China: discoveries and direction for global improvement. International Journal of Sports Sciences and Health, 5(9-10), 144-149. UDC: 797-049.5:373.3(510).

Wright, P.M. (2017). Promoting personal and social outcomes through sport: Challenges, strategies and opportunities Proceedings of the 29th International Sport Science Congress in Commemoration of the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. (pp. 33-39). Seoul, South Korea: Korean Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

Wright, P. M. (2017). Using the Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility model as a framework to guide sport for development programs (pp. 3-16). Proceedings of the International Conference for the 6th East Asian Alliance of Sport Pedagogy. Seoul, South Korea: Korean Association of Sport Pedagogy.

Wright, P.M., Jacobs, J.M., Howell, S., and Ressler, J.R. (2018). Immediate outcomes and implementation a sport for development coach education programme in Belize. Journal of Sport for Development: Special Issue on Latin American Contexts, 6(10), 51-65.

Wright, P. M., Jacobs, J., Ressler, J. and Howell, S. (2017). Chapter 6: The Belizean Youth Sport Coalition: A Sport for Diplomacy Project in Central America. In C. Esherick (Ed.), Case Studies in Sport Diplomacy. Morgantown, WV: Fitness Information Technology Publishing. Morgantown, WV.

Wright, P.M., Jacobs, J.M., Ressler, J.R., and Jung, J. (2016). Teaching for transformative educational experience in a sport for development program.  Sport, Education, and Society, 21(4), 531-548. 

Wright, P. M. and Shiver, V.N. (in press). Adding international resources to your advocacy toolbox. Strategies.

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