Dr Valeria Varea

Lecturer, Health, Physical Education and Sports Studies - School of Education

Valeria Varea

Phone: +61 2 6773 5094

Email: vvarea3@une.edu.au

Biography

Valeria is a member of the Health, Physical Education and Sports Studies (HPESS) team in the School of Education.

She completed her PhD in Health and Physical Education (HPE) at the University of Queensland and was appointed as a Lecturer in March 2014.

Valeria's research draws on critical and socio-cultural perspectives, using qualitative research methods to extend knowledge and critique people's understandings of the body, HPE, sport and physical activity.

Qualifications

PhD (UQ Australia), MEd (UNLP Argentina), BEd (Hons 1) (UNRC Argentina)

Memberships

AARE - Australian Association for Research in Education
TASA - The Australian Sociological Association
AIESEP - International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education
ECSS - European Collage of Sport Sciences

Teaching Areas

Health and Physical Education in the primary school

Research Interests

Socio-cultural and critical approaches to health and the body
Qualitative research methodologies
People's engagement in health and physical activity
Pre-service teacher education

Awards and Scholarships

2015 Accomplished Researcher Award, School of Education,
University of New England
2014 AIESEP Young Scholar Award
2013 TASA Scholar Award
2012 Graduate School International Travel Award, The University of Queensland
2012 Graduate Scholar Award, Third International Conference on Sport & Society. Cambridge, United Kingdom
2012 HMS Travel Award, The University of Queensland
2010 – 2013 The University of Queensland Research Scholarship (UQRS)
2010 – 2013 The International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS)
2007 Government Award, Cordoba, Argentina
2006 Magazine ‘Punto a Punto’ Distinction - Talents 2006
2005 Government Award, Cordoba, Argentina
2005 Distinction and Medal, Faculty of Human Sciences, University of Rio Cuarto, Argentina.

Publications

Scholarly Books

Varea, V. (2016). Perspectivas socio-culturales para pensar el deporte [Socio-cultural perspectives to think sport]. Buenos Aires: CICCUS.

Varea, V. & Galak, E. (Eds.) (2013). Cuerpo y Educación Física. Perspectivas latinoamericanas para pensar la educación de los cuerpos [Body and Physical Education. Latin American perspectives to think body education]. Buenos Aires: Biblos. ISBN 978-987-691-158-0

Varea, V. (2012). Explorando el Juego y el Jugar. Implicancias de los jugadores en dos situaciones de juego [Exploring Games and Play. Implications of the players in two school settings].Lexington: Editorial Académica Española. ISBN 978-3-659-04894-4

Book chapters

Varea, V. (in press). Cuerpos, feminidades y masculinidades en el deporte: un abordaje socio-cultural. In A. Riccetti, A. Chiecher, & D. Donolo (Eds.).Pan, queso y ojotas. Estudios alternativos sobre el deporte (pp. 242–251). Buenos Aires: Editorial Cuadernos Artesanos de Comunicación.

Varea, V. (2014). Shaping Body Ideas: Body Perceptions of Health and Physical Education Undergraduates. In L. Stafford, L. McLean & M. Weeks (Eds.) Exploring Bodies in Time and Space (pp. 49–59). Oxford: Inter-disciplinary Press.

Galak, E. & Varea, V. (2013). Introducción. In V. Varea & E. Galak (Eds.) Cuerpo y Educación Física. Perspectivas latinoamericanas para pensar la educación de los cuerpos (pp. 9–12). Buenos Aires: Biblos.

Varea, V. (2013). En la búsqueda de significaciones socioculturales de cuerpos en la Educación Física. In V. Varea & E. Galak (Eds.) Cuerpo y Educación Física. Perspectivas latinoamericanas para pensar la educación de los cuerpos (pp. 191–210). Buenos Aires: Biblos.

Refereed journal articles

Varea, V. & Ndhlovu, S. (in press). Primary school games and play as inclusive/exclusive situations. Revista Ágora para la Educación Física y el Deporte Agora.

Varea, V. (2016). Exploring play in school recess and physical education classes. European Physical Education Review. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1356336X16679932

Ndhlovu, S., & Varea, V. (2016). Primary school playgrounds as spaces of inclusion/exclusion. Education 3-13. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/03004279.2016.1273251

Varea, V., & Pang, B. (2016). Using visual methodologies to understand pre-service Health and Physical Education teachers’ subjectivities of bodies. Sport, Education and Society. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/13573322.2016.1228625

Varea, V. (2016). Mixed messages: Pre-service Health and Physical Education teachers’ understandings of health and the body and the expectations of the new Australian Curriculum. Sport, Education and Society. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/13573322.2016.1179182

Scharagrodsky, P., & Varea, V. (2016). Tracking the origins of Physical Education in Argentina and Australia. The International Journal of the History of Sport, 33(8), 777–796.

Varea, V. (2016). Percepciones de grasa corporal en estudiantes de posgrado de Educación Física [Body fat perceptions of Physical Education postgraduate students]. Revista Ágora para la Educación Física y el Deporte, 18(2), 117–132.

Haynes, J., Miller, J., & Varea, V. (2016). Preservice generalist teachers enlightened approach to teaching Physical Education through Teacher Biography. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 41(3), 21–38.

Varea, V., & Underwood, M. (2016). ‘You are just an idiot for not doing any physical activity right now’: Pre-service Health and Physical Education teachers’ constructions of fatness. European Physical Education Review, 22(4), 465–478.

Pang, B., Alfrey, L., & Varea, V. (2016). Young Chinese Australians' subjectivities of ‘health’ and ‘(un)healthy bodies’. Sport, Education and Society, 21(7), 1091–1108.

Varea, V. (2016). Body fat, pre-service Health and Physical Education teachers and moral connotations. ACHPER Active and Healthy Magazine, 23(1), 14–16.

Varea, V. & Tinning, R. (2016). Coming to know about the body in Human Movement programmes. Sport, Education and Society, 21(7), 1003–1017.

Varea, V. (2013). Exploring the origins and consequences of Health and Physical Education undergraduates’ body dispositions. The International Journal of Sport & Society, 3(3), 207–218.

Varea, V. (2012). La influencia de los superhéroes infantiles en la construcción social del cuerpo. Posibles implicancias para la Educación Física. Lecturas, Educación Física y Deportes, 16(164), 1–8.

Varea, V. (2010). Argentina, Educación Física y la producción de conocimiento: el caso de EFDeportes. [Argentina, Physical Education and the production of knowledge: the case of EFDeportes]. Lecturas, Educación Física y Deportes, 15(149), 1–6.

Varea, V. (2010). 'Había una vez…' La influencia de la literatura infantil en la construcción social del cuerpo. ['Once upon a time…' The influence of children literature in the social construction of the body]. Lecturas, Educación Física y Deportes, 15(146), 1–6.

Varea, V. & Ducart, M. (2009). Repensando la identidad de la Educación Física a partir de la (in)definición de Wikipedia. [Re-thinking the identity of Physical Education from Spanish Wikipedia (in)definition]. Lecturas, Educación Física y Deportes, 14(136), 1–6.

Varea, V. (2009). Hacia la búsqueda de una propuesta de clase coherente: el caso de mi autoreflexión de las clases de Gimnasia Artística. [The search of a coherent Gymnastics class]. Educación Física y Deportes, 6(69).

Varea, V. (2009). La utilización de técnicas no convencionales para el estudio de representaciones del cuerpo: el caso de las estrategias proyectivas. [The use of no conventional techniques in the study of representations of the body: the case of projective strategies]. Lecturas, Educación Física y Deportes, 13(128), 1–7.