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Approach to teaching

My teaching largely centres on sociological, historical, and political issues as they pertain to contemporary physical education and sport settings.  I teach students from a range of programs, who tend to see things from various perspectives and want to learn about sport in different ways and for different reasons.  Although I am cautious to approach each group of students on their own terms, what unites all of my teaching is a commitment to critically analyse the basic assumptions that underlie contemporary forms of sport culture.

I believe that teaching is a vital component of academic work, providing the most immediate route through which universities can positively benefit society.  As such, my teaching draws on academic research to provide students with contemporary, research-informed knowledge they can use to make sense of physical education and sports worlds, contextualised relative to their prospective future careers.  I regularly encourage my students to imagine how the materials covered in class can be of use in professional contexts, and deliberately shape my assessment strategies to give students skills that will be useful to them later in life.

Fundamentally, I see the task of enthusing my students with a passion for learning as the most important element of my duties as a lecturer.  As such, I work hard to vary my teaching style, prioritising topical issues and using innovative methods wherever possible to keep students engaged and motivated.  I see my role as one of making students curious, inspiring them to critically explore subject matter on their own, fostering independence while at university as well as a lifelong commitment to learn.

Research interests

My research interests encompass various thematic issues within the sociology of sport and physical education, focusing primarily on martial arts and combat sports.  Specifically, I have explored the relationship between gender, sexuality and participation; the value of martial arts within physical education curricula; media representations of professional fighters; the construction of meaning around notions of ‘violence’ among martial artists; the provision of medical support in combat sports; and the experiences of referees in mixed martial arts competitions as they pertain to risk management.

Besides these, I am also interested in the relationship between professional sport and the media; young people’s consumption of social media relative to questions around body image and fitness; and the inclusion of sexual minority athletes in sports.

Supervisory Interests

I am interested in supervising doctoral research across the fields of sociology, cultural studies, and politics as they pertain to sport, physical education, fitness, and related fields.

External positions

Special Advisory Board Member

30 Nov 2018 → …

Keywords

  • HM Sociology
  • Sport
  • Gender
  • Violence
  • Martial arts
  • Combat sport
  • Medicine
  • The body
  • Media

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Research Output 2012 2019

Coaching Female Combat Athletes: Creating Positive Environments for Women and Girls

Phipps, C., Khomutova, A. & Channon, A., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Sport Coaching with Diverse Populations: Theory and Practice. Wallis, J. & Lambert, J. (eds.).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearchpeer-review

combat sport
coaching
athlete
coach
experience

Love Fighting Hate Violence: An Anti-Violence Program for Martial Arts and Combat Sports

Channon, A. & Matthews, C., 30 Jan 2018, Transforming Sport: Knowledges, Practices and Structures. Burdsey, D., Carter, T. & Doidge, M. (eds.). Abingdon

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearch

combat sport
hate
love
art
violence

Martial Arts Studies and the Sociology of Gender: Theory, Research and Pedagogical Application

Channon, A., Sep 2018, The Martial Arts Studies Reader. Bowman, P. (ed.). London, p. 155-170

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
art studies
gender studies
art
combat sport
gender

Moving Lessons: Teaching Sociology through Embodied Learning in the HE Classroom

Channon, A., Khomutova, A. & Matthews, C., 4 Feb 2018, Teaching with Sociological Imagination in Higher and Further Education. Matthews, C., Edgington, U. & Channon, A. (eds.). UK

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearch

sociology
classroom
Teaching
learning
metaphor

Teaching with Sociological Imagination in Higher and Further Education: Contexts, Pedagogies, Reflections

Matthews, C. (ed.), Edgington, U. (ed.) & Channon, A. (ed.), 2018, 187 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook - editedResearchpeer-review

Activities 2015 2018

  • 2 Editorial work
  • 2 Personal board membership of professional/academic bodies
  • 1 Membership of professional body

International Centre of Martial Arts for Youth Development (UNESCO) (External organisation)

Alex Channon (Member)
2018 → …

Activity: External boards and professional/academic bodiesPersonal board membership of professional/academic bodies

North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (External organisation)

Alex Channon (Member)
2017 → …

Activity: External boards and professional/academic bodiesMembership of professional body

Martial Arts Studies Research Network (External organisation)

Alex Channon (Member)
2016 → …

Activity: External boards and professional/academic bodiesPersonal board membership of professional/academic bodies

Sociology of Sport Journal (Journal)

Alex Channon (Member of editorial board)
20152018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

Rowman and Littlefield international (Publisher)

Alex Channon (Member of editorial board)
2015 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work