Nancy Spencer-Cavaliere, PhD

Associate Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation - Academic Programs

Contact

Associate Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation - Academic Programs
Email
ncavalie@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-9615
Address
3-415 Van Vliet Complex - West
8831 - 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H9

Overview

About

Degrees
PhD (Physical Education), University of Alberta, 2008
MA (Physical Education), University of Alberta, 1999
BA (Arts), University of Alberta, 1996

Background
I have been a Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation Faculty member at the University of Alberta since 2008. During my time as a doctoral student, I was the Director of the Children’s Physical Activity and Study Program. Once upon a time, I was also an Assistant Badminton Professional teaching and coaching children and youth the skills and strategies of the sport. I am also active in the community and serve on the Board of Directors for the Paralympic Sports Association.


Research

My primary research interests are in the areas of adapted physical activity and children’s physical activity. I am committed to understanding how to facilitate inclusive and meaningful experiences in play, sport (parasport) and recreation for children and specifically people who experience disability, using qualitative approaches to research.

Current Research Projects:

  • Inclusion in the Field(s) of Dreams?: A SSHRC funded project investigating how integrated and specialized sport settings impact the experiences of youth athletes with impairments.
  • The Forest School Project: A case study examining nature based play in an early learning outdoor experience from the perspectives of teachers, parents and kindergarten children.
  • Project Citizenship: A collaborative project with the Skills Society of Edmonton, a human services organization that supports people who experience disability, their families and allies. The purpose of the research is to examine the impact of a Skills Society led initiative designed to create social change through the lens of citizenship.



Teaching

I currently supervise 4 Master of Arts students. Their thesis work includes the following: The experiences of women Paralympic athletes; Parents perceptions of physical activity messaging; Student experiences in Play Around the World, a University service learning practicum; Classification and the Paralympics.

I typically teach in the areas of adapted physical activity and children’s physical activity and regularly teach the following undergraduate courses:
KSRLS 207: Physical Activity and Leisure for Diverse Populations
PEDS 293: Movement Activities for Young Children

Courses

KIN 293 - Introduction to the Movement Activities of Children

A study of developmentally appropriate movement activities for children. Students will participate and work with children in a variety of physical activities in recreational, educational and sport environments. Note: Credit will be granted for only one of KIN 293 or PEDS 293.

Winter Term 2021
KRLS 207 - Adapted Physical Activity and Leisure for Diverse Populations

An introduction to research, theory and practice pertaining to participation in physical activity and leisure by persons with impairments. The course explores the intersection of social influences and personal interests on participation in active lifestyles. Credit will be granted for only one of KRLS 207 or PERLS 207.

Fall Term 2020 Winter Term 2021

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