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O'Flynn, Gabrielle H. Dr.

Lecturer, Health & Physical Education

  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Associate Member - Early Start Research
  • School of Education

Overview


In her research, Gabrielle draws on post-structural theory to critically examine historical and contemporary notions of health and physical activity across people’s lives; within the curriculum; and, within school contexts. Her contribution to the field has had both national and international recognition and has included presentations in both academic and professional forums. Gabrielle’s PhD provided an important foundation both theoretically and empirically to the line of critical inquiry taken up in her research. Her PhD thesis explored the ways young women defined health and physical activity in their lives. It deployed post-structural theories to examine how young women negotiate meanings of health, beauty, femininity and bodies. Through out her academic career, Gabrielle’s has examined the ways school contexts, curriculum documents, health websites, government health campaigns, teachers and pre-service teachers, constitute meanings of health, bodies, obesity, physical activity, risk and criticality.  Gabrielle has published in high status, peer reviewed, and international journals.  These journals include:  i) Sex Roles, ii) The British Journal of the Sociology of Education, iii) Sport, Education and Society, and more recently, iv) Health Education.  

 

Currently, Gabrielle’s research focus includes:

-        Examining dominant and non-dominant discourses in health and physical education

-        Exploring how critical health education pedagogies are enacted and conceptualized by teachers, pre-service teachers and students.

-        Theorising health education through More-than-human philosophies

Top Publications


Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Critical health or sociological studies of:
    - health and physical education;
    - gender and physical activity;
    - young people, health and physical activity 
    - Health information 

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Master of Philosophy -SOC The Potential of Lyengar Yoga as a Therapeutic Intervention in Overcoming Trauma. Larkin, Natasha
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) A Longitudinal examination of young gifted women's aspirations, fulfilment of potential and life satisfaction in early post school years Boyle, Mary

Teaching Overview


  • Gabrielle’s teaching expertise expand the areas of curriculum studies in HPE (primary and secondary), educational gymnastics, young people’s health and well being; and socio-critical perspectives of health, sport and physical activity.

Full Name


  • Gabrielle O'Flynn

Mailing Address


  • Faculty of Social Sciences

    University of Wollongong

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Top Publications


Selected Publications


Potential Supervision Topics


  • Critical health or sociological studies of:
    - health and physical education;
    - gender and physical activity;
    - young people, health and physical activity 
    - Health information 

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Master of Philosophy -SOC The Potential of Lyengar Yoga as a Therapeutic Intervention in Overcoming Trauma. Larkin, Natasha
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) A Longitudinal examination of young gifted women's aspirations, fulfilment of potential and life satisfaction in early post school years Boyle, Mary

Teaching Overview


  • Gabrielle’s teaching expertise expand the areas of curriculum studies in HPE (primary and secondary), educational gymnastics, young people’s health and well being; and socio-critical perspectives of health, sport and physical activity.

Full Name


  • Gabrielle O'Flynn

Mailing Address


  • Faculty of Social Sciences

    University of Wollongong

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia