Free talk on human movement and the importance of physical eduction coming to Preston

Posted on - 9th February, 2024 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Education, Health, Preston News, UCLan, University campus, What's On in Preston
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The talk will be presented by human movement lecturer Richard Whall

A free public talk on the importance of physical education is set to take place at the University of Central Lancashire.


Presented by human movement lecturer Richard Whall, the event will focus on creating discussion around human movement and how we can better understand ourselves in relation to the world around us.

The lecture will share examples of how physical intelligence is much more than being good at sport, and the implications this may have for physical education within and beyond school.

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Richard, who is based in UCLan’s School of Health, Social Work and Sport, said: “You likely remember PE from school, but would you consider yourself physically educated?


“What if there is intelligence beyond the narrow focus on the mind, a physical intelligence that allows you to understand yourself in relation to the world around you and your resourcefulness to adapt to or solve problems through movement, both movement of the body and movement within the body.

“Practical, embodied intelligence may be the deepest, oldest, most fundamental, and most important form of intelligence, yet modern education continues to emphasise the mind. This lecture explores the concept of physical intelligence and what it means to be physically educated.”

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The former primary school teacher and personal trainer is currently researching the meaning of being physically educated through the lens of physical intelligence as a PhD topic.

The talk, for people aged 16 and older, will take place in Greenbank Lecture Theatre in Victoria Street on the city’s campus on Thursday 15 February. It will start at 6.30pm and be followed by a 15-minute question and answer session.

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Free tickets are available on Eventbrite.

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