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Dr. Brent Bradford

Assistant Professor

BEd – Elementary Education (Generalist), Physical Education Minor (University of Alberta)
DipEd – Elementary Education, Physical Education (University of Alberta)
MEd – Elementary Education, Physical Education (University of Alberta)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – Elementary Education, Physical Education) (University of Alberta)

Dr. Brent Bradford has taught at both the Elementary and Junior High school levels. After a decade of being a school teacher and being recognized for his work in the area of Physical and Health Education (e.g., HPEC Award, 2001; CAHPERD Young Professional Award, 2003), he returned to the University of Alberta (UofA) to pursue graduate work and to teach at the post-secondary level. In 2011, Dr. Bradford was the recipient of the UofA Graduate Student Teaching Award. In addition to senior-level post-secondary teaching, Dr. Bradford has taught graduate level curriculum theory at St. Francis Xavier University.

Dr. Bradford has authored or co-authored extensively in the field of Physical and Health Education, and Education. Dr. Bradford has recently co-authored two teacher education textbooks (Health Education [2017]; Physical Education [2018]). Brent has presented on a variety of educational topics to provincial, national, and international audiences. Recently, as an Erasmus+ and Mobile+ scholar (2016), Brent presented his research methodology and findings to undergraduate students at University of the Basque Country (Bilbao, Spain), and was an invited keynote speaker at the Western Deans of Education (WADE) 2017 Conference (Banff, Canada). Dr. Bradford’s research interests focus on Physical and Health Education, fundamental movement skill development, daily physical activity (DPA) policy and initiatives, student wellness, Social Studies, effective teaching, and teacher education.

Dr. Bradford’s contribution to higher education is quite diverse. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for Physical & Health Education (PHE) Canada (Alberta and NWT Representative), is the Editor of Runner Journal (The Journal of the Health and Physical Education [HPEC] Council of Alberta Teachers’ Association), and is a research Advisor for UNICEF Canada’s Canadian Index of Child and Youth Well-Being. Brent has also served as a Board Member on PHE Canada’s Physical Education/Physical Literacy committee, Program Reviewer (SHAPE America National Convention & Expo), and Associate Editor in various academic journals. Dr. Bradford is a member of the Education Society of Edmonton.

Selected Books

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.

Selected Book Chapters

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. Lexington Books: Lanham, MD.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Articles (since 2015)

Berg, S., Bradford, B., Robinson, D., & Wells, M. (2018). Got health? A student-led health promotion program in British Columbia, Canada. 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, 1-19. doi:10.1017/jsi.2018.42018

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

Bradford, B. & Hickson, C. (2017). Symbolism of clothing: The relationship between teacher clothing and children’s perceptions in primary school physical education. Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts [Special Issue: 2017 30th ACHPER International Conference], 21, 20-33. DOI: http://doi.org/

Berg, S., & Bradford, B. (2017). Daily physical activity (DPA) implementation: From policy to practice. Physical and Health Education Journal, 83(2), 5-12.

Weatherson, K., Bradford, B., Berg, S., & Sloboda, S. (2016). Dissemination of a Daily Physical Activity Policy on School Websites in Alberta and British Columbia. PHEnex Journal. 8(2), 1-14. Retrieved from: http://ojs.acadiau.ca/index.php/phenex/article/view/1619/1361

Bradford, B., Kell, S., & Forsberg, N. (2016). Mentorship in Practice Program (MiPP): An Effective School-Based Strategy. Strategies. 29(1), 36-42, DOI: 10.1080/08924562.2015.1111783

Hickson, C., Berg, S., & Bradford, B. (2015). School Leadership Personnel: A Critical Piece of the Puzzle for Health and Physical Education Programming? Physical and Health Education Journal. 81(1), 8-13.

Selected Non Peer-Reviewed Articles (Since 2015)

Evaniew, A., Hickson, C., & Bradford, B. (2018). 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

Bradford, B., & Berg, S. (2017). 3 ideas for DPA in the classroom. Physical and Health Education Journal, 83(2) 1-4.

Evaniew, A., Bradford, B., & Hickson, C. (2017, April). Move, mix, and match: Connecting the physical and language literacies for early learners. Saskatchewan Physical Education Association (SPEA) On the Move. 35(1), p. 18-25.

Bradford, B., Hickson, C. & Evaniew, A. (2017, April 5). Developing student health and wellness: A comprehensive approach. PHE America. http://www.pheamerica.org/2017/developing-student-health-and-wellness-a-comprehensive-approach/

Bradford, B. & Watt, C. (2017). Let’s hit the math trails. Canadian Teacher Magazine. (Issue: January/February 2017). p. 14-15.

Bradford, B., Hickson, C., & Evaniew, A. (2016, November 12). It takes a “community” to role model. PHE America. http://www.pheamerica.org/2016/it-takes-a-community-to-role-model

Bradford, B. & Schmidt, E. (2016). Making Cross-Curricular Connections. Canadian Teacher Magazine. (Issue: April/May 2016). p. 16-17.

Bradford, B., Berg, S., & Hickson, C. (2016). The Untapped Potential of Physical and Health Education. Physical and Health Education Journal. 81(3), 1-14.

Bradford, B. & Hickson, C. (2016). Effective Teaching of Elementary School Physical Education: The Importance of Linking Effectiveness with Active Living. Runner – Journal of the Health and Physical Education Council of the Alberta Teachers’ Association (HPEC). 47(2), 14-17.

Berg, S. & Bradford, B. (2016). Six Tips for a Healthy, Active School Year. Physical and Health Education Journal. 81(2).

Hickson, C., Bradford, B., & Evaniew, A. (December 2015). Physical Literacy and Enjoyment: The Route to 50 Million Strong by 2029! P.E. Links 4U Physical Education Website. 17(10). http://www.pelinks4u.org/articles/hickson12_2015.html

Bradford, B., Berg, S. & Landers, J. (September 2015). Physical and Health Education Fairs: Enhancing Student Wellness and Promoting Community Engagement. Canadian Teacher Magazine. (Issue: September/October 2015). p. 38-39.

Bradford, B., Hickson, C., & Evaniew, A. (August 2015). Professional Development: Take Time to Improve Yourself and Others this Year! P.E. Links 4U Physical Education Website. 17(7).  http://www.pelinks4u.org/articles/hickson8_2015.html

Bradford, B. & Berg, S. (July 2015). Be an Elementary School PHE Champion: A Resource to Help Promote Leadership. On the Move Journal: Saskatchewan Physical Education Association (SPEA). 32(2), p. 20-27.

Bradford, B., Hickson, C., & Evaniew, A. (2015). Saying by Doing: The Nonverbal Messages that We Send to our Students! Active & Healthy Magazine. Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER). 22(1), p. 32-34.

Bradford, B. (April 2015). Let’s Capture Those Teachable Moments. Canadian Teacher Magazine. (Issue: April/May 2014). p. 12-13.

Evaniew, A., Hickson, C., & Bradford, B. (April 2015). Energy Drinks: What Effects can they have on our Students? P.E. Links 4U Physical Education Website. 17(4).  http://www.pelinks4u.org/articles/ehb4_2015.html

Bradford, B., Hall, N. & Hickson, C. (2015). Finding Your Way through an Orienteering Lesson. Runner – Journal of the Health and Physical Education Council of the Alberta Teachers’ Association (HPEC), 47(1), 29-30.

Bradford, B., Evaniew, A., & Hickson, C. (January 2015). In 2015, Let’s Track our Progress! P.E. Links 4U Physical Education Website. 17(1). http://www.pelinks4u.org/articles/bradford1_2015.htm