Dr Louise McCuaig

Senior Lecturer

School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Affiliate Senior Lecturer

Centre for Youth Substance Abuse
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
l.mccuaig@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 56845

Overview

Louise McCuaig currently coordinates the Health, Sport and Physical Education program at The University of Queensland, School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences. Her research and teaching focus on the provision of quality health education in school settings.

Louise McCuaig currently coordinates the Health, Sport and Physical Education program at The University of Queensland, School of Human Movement Studies. Her research and teaching focus on enhancing young people’s healthy living through the provision of quality health education in school settings. A focus of these endeavours is the training, preparation and professional development of pre-service and practicing school teachers to enhance their school based health education knowledge and skills. Louise’s innovative delivery of advanced PE and specialist Health Education courses has been recognised with the awarding of a Carrick Institute Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2006) and UQ Teaching Excellence award (2008).

Louise was awarded her Doctor of Philosophy in 2008 and subsequently received a Dean’s Award for Outstanding Research Higher Degree Thesis in 2008. Drawing on social theory, salutogenic philosophies of health and qualitative approaches to research in HPE, Louise’s research projects have explored the role of caring teachers, teacher education and school Health and Physical Education in the social and moral education of young people. This work has inspired her current interest in research pertaining to the health of school teachers, salutogenic approaches to school health education, health literacy, health education teacher education and student transition. Broadly speaking, the findings of her research have implications for teacher education; professional development of health educators; design, implementation, accountability and sustainability of school based health education; and, the influence of these strategies and practices on young people’s healthy living and wellbeing.

Research Interests

  • Health Education in schools
  • Health Education in/for Teacher Education
  • Salutogenic perspectives on health
  • Healthy citizenship

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • BHMS(Ed), The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Eimear Enright and McCuaig, Louise A. (2016). Girls and Physical Education: New Starting Points for Critical Pedagogy. In Social Justice in Physical Education: Critical Reflections and Pedagogies (pp. 83-101) TBA: TBA.

  • Enright, Eimear, Johnson, Rebecca, Macdonald, Doune, McCuaig, Louise and Rossi, Anthony (2016). Teachers’ Perspectives on the School-Family-Health Nexus. In Symeon Dagkas and Lisette Burrows (Ed.), Families, Young People, Physical Activity and Health: Critical Perspectives (pp. 165-180) London, UK: Routledge.

  • Macdonald, Doune and McCuaig, Louise (2015). Does my research look good in that? Problems, politics and processes when choosing social theory in research in physical culture. In Wayne Smith, lisahunter and elke emerald (Ed.), Pierre Bourdieu and physical culture (pp. 160-167) Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • McCuaig, Louise, Hare, Simone and Monsen, Sue (2015). Peer-mentoring and the power dynamics of the HPETE triadic relationship. In Fiona C. Chambers (Ed.), Mentoring in physical education and sports coaching (pp. 140-148) London, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Leahy, Deana and McCuaig, Louise (2014). Disrupting the field: teacher education in health education. In Katie Fitzpatrick and Richard Tinning (Ed.), Health Education: Critical Perspectives (pp. 220-232) Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9780203387993

  • Macdonald, Doune and McCuaig, Louise (2012). Research principles and practices: Paving the research journey. In Kathleen Armour and Doune Macdonald (Ed.), Research methods in physical education and youth sport (pp. 16-28) London, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Macdonald, Doune, Pang, Bonnie, Knez, Kelly, Nelson, Alison and McCuaig, Louise (2012). The will for inclusion: bothering the inclusion/exclusion discourses of sport. In Symeon Dagkas and Kathleen Armour (Ed.), Inclusion and exclusion through youth sport (pp. 9-23) Abingdon, Oxon, U.K.: Routledge.

  • Leow, Anthony, Macdonald, Doune and McCuaig, Louise (2011). Health promotion policies and schooling: The case of Eat Well Be Active. In Seth Brown (Ed.), Issues and Controversies in Physical Education: Policy, Power, and Pedagogy (pp. 57-67) Auckland, New Zealand: Pearson.

  • McCuaig, Louise and Hay, Peter (2009). Positioning the physical in health and physical education. In DinanThompson, M. (Ed.), Health & Physical Education: Issues for Curriculum in Australia and New Zealand (pp. 198-213) South Melbourne, Vic.: Oxford University Press.

  • McCuaig, L A (2006). Getting started and planning from outcomes. In R. Tinning, L. McCuaig and lisahunter (Ed.), Teaching Health and Physical Education in Australian Schools (pp. 137-149) Frenchs Forest: Pearson Education Australia.

  • McCuaig, L A (2006). HPE in the health promoting school. In R. Tinning, L. McCuaig and lisahunter (Ed.), Teaching Health and Physical Education in Australian Schools (pp. 56-69) Frenchs Forest: Pearson Education Australia.

  • Tinning, R I and McCuaig, L A (2006). Making a certain citizen: Schooling and HPE. In R. Tinning, L. McCuaig and lisahunter (Ed.), Teaching Health and Physical Education in Australian Schools (pp. 3-8) Frenchs Forest: Pearson Education Australia.

  • Tinning, R I and McCuaig, L A (2006). Whose responsibility is HPE anyway?. In R. Tinning, L. McCuaig and lisahunter (Ed.), Teaching Health and Physical Education in Australian Schools (pp. 49-55) Frenchs Forest: Pearson Education Australia.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Leahy, Deana, McCuaig, Louise and Mayer, Diane (2011). Setting the standard: Evidence for curriculum renewal in Health Education Teacher Education. In: 27th ACHPER International Conference, Adelaide, Australia, (). 18-20 April, 2011.

  • McCuaig, Louise and Macdonald, Doune (2011). Symposium: Hope, hype or helpless: The perils and possibilities of linking health and physical education. In: AIESEP 2011 International Conference. AIESEP 2011 International Conference, Limerick, Ireland, (). 22-25 June 2011.

  • Leow, A., Macdonald, D. and McCuaig, L. (2010). Critical discourse analysis of the policies guiding Eat Well Be Active. In: C. Finch, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 2009 Australia Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, Seventh National Physical Activity Conference, Sixth National Sports Injury Prevention Conference, Be Active '09. be active'09: Combined 2009 Australian Conference of Science & Medicine in Sport, Sixth National Sports Injury Prevention Conference, and Seventh National Physical Activity Conference, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (e172-e172). 14-17 October 2009. doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2009.10.361

  • McCuaig, Louise (2009). 'We have the right to know ... or do we?': Tensions surrounding pedagogical provocations of HPETE reflective practice. In: Nathalie Wallian, AIESEP International Seminar for Specialists: Situated Learning, Reflective Practive and Knowledge Construction in Physical Education, Besançon, France, (132-132). 27-29 May, 2009.

  • McCuaig, Louise (2009). Australian sport promotion in schools: Objectives, strategies and articulations. In: "Promoting and Developing Sport for Youth: Further Cooperation and Collaboration in School and Community" International Conference, Tokyo, (18). 3-4 December, 2009.

  • Leow, Anthony, Macdonald, Doune and McCuaig, Louise (2009). Avoiding the Christmas decoration syndrome: When public health policy meets school policy. In: Tony Rossi, Peter Hay, Louise McCuaig, Richard Tinning and Doune Macdonald, AIESEP 2008 World Congress Abstracts: North meets south; East meets west. Sport pedagogy research, policy and practice: International perspectives in physical education and sports coaching. AIESEP 2008 World Congress. Sport pedagogy research, policy and practice: International perspectives in physical education and sports coaching. North meets South; East meets West, Sapporo, Japan, (24-24). 21-24 January 2008.

  • McCuaig, Louise (2009). Enhancing sport through education policy implementation: The importance of non-system actors. In: "Promoting and Developing Sport for Youth: Further Cooperation and Collaboration in School and Community" International Conference, Tokyo, (40). 3-4 December, 2009.

  • Macdonald, Doune, Leow, Anthony, Hunter, Lisa, McCuaig, Louise and Abbott, Rebecca (2009). From Balkanization to moving mosaics: Working across education-health sector boundaries to promote physical activity. In: John R. Todorovich, AIESEP Specialist Symposium Abstract Book and Conference Program. Array, Pensacola, FL, (19-19). 24-26 September, 2009.

  • Macdonald, Doune, Hay, Peter, Abbott, Rebecca, McCuaig, Louise and Monsen, Sue (2009). Physical activity facilitators: Policy fusion?. In: Peter L. Jeffery, AARE 2009 Conference Proceedings. AARE International Education Research Conference - 2009 - Inspiring Innovative Research in Education, Canberra ACT, (np). 29 November - 3 December, 2009.

  • Macdonald, D., Abbott, R., Hay, P., lisahunter, McCuaig, L. and Ziviani, J. (2009). Smart Moves, smart ideas, smart thinking. In: T. Cuddihy, 26th ACHPER International Conference Program and Abstracts. Supplement to the ACHPER Healthy Lifestyles Journal. 26th ACHPER International Conference: Creating Active Futures, Brisbane, (55). 7-10 July, 2009.

  • Leow, Anthony, Macdonald, Doune and McCuaig, Louise (2009). The implementation of the Eat Well Be Active policies: Stories from the ground. In: Peter L. Jeffery, AARE 2009 Conference Proceedings. AARE International Education Research Conference 2009 - Inspiring Innovative Research in Education, Canberra, Australia, (1-22). 29 November - 3 December, 2009.

  • Occhino, J., Mallett, C. and McCuaig, L. (2008). Mentoring and other networks in high performance football coaching. In: T. Rossi, P. Hay, L. McCuaig, R. Tinning and D. Macdonald, AIESEP2008 World Congress: Sport Pedagogy Research, Policy and Practice: International Perspectives in Physical Education and Sports Coaching. North meets South; East meets West, Sapporo, Japan, (). 21-24 January, 2008.

  • Leow, A., Macdonald, D. and McCuaig, L. (2008). Old wine in a new bottle: The case of Eat Well Be Active. In: R. Jeffery, E. Wright, M. Davies and C. Shilton, AARE 2008 Conference Program. Changing Climates: Education for Sustainable Futures, Brisbane, (). 30 November-4 December, 2008.

  • McCuaig, L. (2008). Student's secondary-tertiary transition experience: A focus on students' expectations of tertiary teacher-student pedagogical relationships. In: R. Jeffery, E. Wright, M. Davies and C. Shilton, AARE 2008 Conference Program. Changing Climates: Education for Sustainable Futures, Brisbane, (). 30 November-4 December, 2008.

  • McCuaig, L. (2008). Training p/leisurable bodies in the arts of healthy citizenship. In: R. Jeffery, E. Wright, M. Davies and C. Shilton, Changing Climates: Education for Sustainable Futures, Brisbane, (). 30 November-4 December, 2008.

  • McCuaig, L. (2008). Training p/leisurable bodies in the arts of healthy citizenship. In: R. Jeffery, E. Wright, M. Davies and C. Shilton, AARE 2008 Conference Program. Changing Climates: Education for Sustainable Futures, Brisbane, (). 30 November-4 December, 2008.

  • Tinning, R I, McCuaig, L A, Rossi, A J and Sirna, K. (2006). The (H)PE department as a site of workplace learning for student teachers. In: P.L. Jeffrey, AARE International Education Research Conference Abstracts. Engaging Pedagogies, Adelaide, (187-188). 26-30 November, 2006.

  • McCuaig, L. A. (2005). Creating life histories: Methodological considerations. In: W. Shilton and R. Jeffery, 2005 Australian Association for Research in Education Conference Program and Abstracts. Creative Dissent: Constructive Solutions, Parramatta, (119). 27 November-1 December, 2005.

  • Hunter, L. T., Tinning, R., McCuaig, L. and Rossi, T. (2005). Teacher Identity and the Challenge of the Socially Critical Curriculum. In: Maxine Cooper, Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Australian Teacher Education Association Conference. 33rd Annual Australian Teacher Education Association Conference, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Australia, (). 6– 9 July, 2005.

  • McCuaig, L. A. (2004). Drugs, sex and rock 'n' roll...who cares?. In: W. Shilton and R. Jeffery, International Education Research Conference Abstracts of papers. Positioning Education Research: AARE 2004, Melbourne, (168-168). 28 November - 2 December 2004.

  • McCuaig, L. A. (2004). Sex, drugs and rock and roll: Teachers teaching who they are in embodying a subject area. In: W. Shilton and R. Jeffery, International Education Research Conference Abstracts of papers. Positioning Education Research: AARE 2004, Melbourne, Australia, (168-168). 28 November - 2 December 2004.

  • Hunter, L. T. and McCuaig, L. A. (2003). Bringing the body into focus for teachers. In: J. Hattie, NZARE AARE Conference 2003 Handbook. Joint New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) & Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) International Conference, Auckland, New Zealand., Auckland, New Zealand, (275). 29 November - 3 December, 2003.

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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