Jan Wright

Position: Emeritus Professor


View my publications

My research draws on feminist and post-structuralist theory to critically engage issues associated with the body, health and physical activity. In all my work there has been a close attention to the body as central to subjectivity and as necessary to an understanding of the self. This theme has been taken up in studies of movement-based pedagogies and published papers examining media constructions of gender and physical activity.

I am committed to making a difference to the ways the subject, physical and health education, is conceived in curriculum and policy and how it is taught in schools.


  • 1992 Doctor of Philosophy University of Wollongong
  • 1976 Master of Education University of Sydney
  • 1968 Bachelor of Education University of Sydney


Research Interests

My current research projects include:

  • Research on children and young people's meanings of self in relation to their ideas about health, bodies and weight
  • The relationship between young people's identities and their decisions about their heritage languages
  • Mothers' ideas about health and food and the impact of these on their practices with their young children

In addition to the above I am interested in supervising higher degree research on the following areas:

  • Critical/sociological analysis of physical education and/or health education pedagogies and curriculum in schools and higher education
  • The place of dance in education
  • A critical analysis of health education policy and public pedagogies associated with health promotion and prevention



  • Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Distinguished Fellow Award.
  • Association Internationale des Écoles Supérieures d’Éducation Physique, Cagigal Scholar, 2013


Research Students

  • Anthony McKnight: Singing up country in academia: teacher education academics and preservice teachers' experience with yuin country
  • Belinda Briggs: Navigating Learning on the front line of Policing
  • Jessica Groves: The 'Problem' Of Dance In Physical Education
  • Tien Ngo Nguyen: Invesitgating Vietnamese EFL novice teachers' cognition and practices about language teaching and learning
  • Carolyn Pogson: Development of a sociocultural program to support young Indigenous children's consonant production
  • Louise Alexander: Understanding Family Engagement and the role of school-home communication
  • Lynn Jarvis: A Leap of faith: the negotiation of risk amongst non traditional students entering higher education via enabling pathways
  • Nicole Taylor: Investigating the Conditions of Possibility for Environmental Health within Health and Physical Education
Last reviewed: 1 June, 2017