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Dr. Brent Bradford

Dean of Education

BEd (2000): University of Alberta
DipEd (2008): University of Alberta
MEd (2010): University of Alberta
PhD (2015): University of Alberta

Dr. Brent Bradford is Dean of the Faculty of Education and Chair of the Department of Physical Education and Wellness.

Dr. Bradford’s research interests include physical and health education, inclusive education, teacher education, and campus wellness. Dr. Bradford has presented on a variety of educational topics to provincial, national, and international audiences. Dr. Bradford has authored and co-authored extensively in the field of physical and health education and in education, and he has co-authored two teacher education textbooks: Physical Education for Elementary School Teachers: Foundations of a Physical Literacy Journey (2018); and Teaching for Health & Wellness in Children and Youth (2017). In 2021, Dr. Bradford published an edited volume entitled, The Doctoral Journey: International Educationalist Perspectives, and is the Book Series Editor of The Doctoral Journey in Education series. As a co-investigator, Dr. Bradford studies early childhood physical activity levels (SSHRC Insight Development Grant), and has recently joined an international research team focusing on inclusive education.

Dr. Bradford taught for ten years in elementary and secondary schools, and he was recognized for his work in physical and health education with the Alberta Teachers’ Association HPEC Award in 2001 and the CAHPERD (now Physical and Health Education [PHE] Canada) Young Professional Award in 2003. Dr. Bradford’s post-secondary teaching spans undergraduate, Bachelor of Education (After Degree), and graduate levels. In 2011, Dr. Bradford was the recipient of the University of Alberta’s Graduate Student Teaching Award.

Dr. Bradford is Past President of the Education Society of Edmonton and a member of this organization since 2015. Dr. Bradford has served as a PHE Canada Board Member, as Editor of the Alberta Teachers’ Association Runner Journal, and as an Associate Editor in various academic journals. Dr. Bradford is an Associate Member of the Alberta Teachers’ Association. 



Bradford, B. (2021). The Doctoral Journey: International Educationalist Perspectives. (Ed.). Leiden, The Netherlands: BRILL Sense. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004444287

Gleddie, D., Hickson, C., & Bradford, B. (2018). Physical Education for Elementary School Teachers. Ripon Publishing: Victoria, BC.

Berg, S. Hickson, C., Bradford, B. & Fishburne, G. (2017). Teaching for health & wellness in children and youth. Ripon Publishing: Victoria, BC.


Bradford, B. Hickson, C., & Berg, S. (2020). The teaching continuum: A framework for generalist trained elementary school teachers in physical education. In B. Suesee, M. Hewitt, & S. Pill (Eds.), The Spectrum of Teaching Styles in Physical Education. (pp. 152-165), Routledge: USA. https://doi-org.ezproxy.aec.talonline.ca/10.4324/9780429341342

Berg, S., Bradford, B., & Robinson, D.B. (2018). A comprehensive school health (CSH) approach to flourishing schools. In S. Cherkowski & K. Walker (Ed.) Perspectives on Flourishing in Schools. (pp. 53-67). Lexington Books: Lanham, MD.


Robinson, D., Hall, N., da Costa, J., & Bradford, B. (2021). Alternative environment activities on both sides of the Atlantic: A Canada-Ireland consideration and comparison. European Physical Education Review. https://doi.org/10.1177/1356336X20985883

Bradford, B., Eblie Trudel, L., Katz, J., Sokal, L., & Loreman, T. (2021). Promising practices for preparing Canadian teachers for inclusive classrooms: Analysis through a transformative learning lens. International Journal of Inclusive Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/13603116.2021.1882058

Berg, S., Bradford, B., Barrett, J., Robinson, D.B., Camara, F., & Perry, T. (2021). Meaning-making of student experiences during outdoor exploration time. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 21(2), 172-183. https://doi.org/10.1080/14729679.2020.1769694

Bradford, B.D., Howorko, A., Jacula, E., Daniels, J., Hunt, S., & Correia, N. (2020). Tracking daily steps: An investigation on a small post-secondary campus. Central European Journal of Sport Sciences and Medicine, 3(31), 75–86. https://doi.org/10.18276/cej.2020.3-06

Hall, N., Bradford, B., da Costa, J., & Robinson, D.B. (2020). Physical education teachers’ embracement of alternative environment activities. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 39(4), 508-517. https://doi.org/10.1123/jtpe.2019-0060

Bradford, B.D., van Ingen, B., Daniels, J., Wagner J., & Hanic, M. (2019). Student wellness: An investigation on a small Canadian post-secondary campus. The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education, 26(2), 35-55. https://doi.org/10.18848/2327-7955/CGP/v26i02/35-55

Bradford, B., Gleddie, D., & Millard, C. (2019). The principal factor: A literature review juxtaposing the roles of elementary school physical education teachers and principals. Physical and Health Education Canada Journal, 84(4).

Berg, S., Bradford, B., Robinson, D., & Wells, M. (2018). Got health? Action researching a student-led health promotion program. Canadian Journal of Action Research, 19(1), 33-47.

Bradford, B., & Loreman, T. (2018). Canadian preservice teacher views of inclusive physical education. Australasian Journal of Special and Inclusive Education, 1, 30-48. https://doi.org/10.1017/jsi.2018.4

Bradford, B. & Hickson, C. (2018). Impacting student learning: An introduction to the teaching continuum in primary school physical education. Active + Healthy Journal, 25(1), 41-48.


Kruse, J., Bradford, B., Liddell, B, & Camarta, B. (2021). Math trails: New adventures are waiting! Canadian Teacher Magazine. (Issue: Spring), 22-24. https://canadianteachermagazine.com/2021/04/21/10498/#more-10498

Bradford, B., Hickson, C., & Evaniew, A. (2019, December 13). Positive learning: 3 Tips for generalist-trained teachers. PHE America. https://www.pheamerica.org/2019/positive-learning-3-tips-for-generalist-trained-teachers/

Kell, S., Sulz, L., Bradford, B., & Gleddie, D. (2019). Research-informed teaching tips for health educators. Runner – Journal of the Health and Physical Education Council of the Alberta Teachers’ Association (HPEC), 50(1), 27-32.

Bradford, B. Hickson, C., & Evaniew, A. (2019, February). Intersecting literacies: Connecting curriculum through the world of physical education. PHE America. http://www.pheamerica.org/2019/intersecting-literacies-connecting-curriculum-through-the-world-of-physical-activity

Bradford, B. & Hickson, C. (2019). Student mental health: The effects of non-verbal messages. Canadian Teacher Magazine. (Issue: Winter 2019), 32-33.

Evaniew, A., Hickson, C., & Bradford, B. (2018, February). Winter physical activities: C O L D E R can be better. PHE America. http://www.pheamerica.org/2018/winter-physical-activities-c-o-l-d-e-r-can-be-better