First edition of New Perspectives- NQT Cath Mijovic

In this first edition we have four papers written by newly qualified teachers.

Cath Mijovic is currently teaching science in a Worcestershire middle school. She is an ex-international athlete and reports on a small scale study she undertook last year, looking at children’s fitness. Cath was interested to find out if teaching the children the benefits of exercise through role play, would have any effect on their activity levels.

Children’s activity level study CM


One thought on “First edition of New Perspectives- NQT Cath Mijovic

  1. A review of Cath Mijovic’s paper kindly submitted by Dr Colin Howard

    Catherine Mijovic’s paper was a timely reminder of the challenges to children’s health in terms of physical inactivity. It was an interesting and thought provoking examination of an issue where the solution is often taken by most, for granted. Catherine’s passionate commitment to improve awareness for her young learners was highly evident throughout the paper and it was clear that she was keen as a professional to find out children’s perspectives, first hand. The paper begins with a focused look at the literature available on child physical activity, including that of recent studies e.g. The Millennium Cohort study (Griffiths et al, 2013), against a backdrop of governmental agenda.
    The study design was well informed; the data collection tools were relevant and yielded interesting results. Using a human body role play as the teaching intervention, was both innovative and engaging. Catherine’s discussion focussed on the point that there was tantalizing evidence in her small scale study that children, once educated might be prompted to increase their physical activity, something which is clearly beneficial to them given their often sedentary life styles. The conclusion provided many professional insights into the role that education can bring to a healthy physically active lifestyle. Overall the reviewer felt this was a very reflective piece, especially in terms of study limitations and the impact of research on trainee teacher professional development.

    Editorial note: Colin Howard suggests it would be interesting to develop Catherine’s ideas surrounding teaching about the human body in light of Martin Braund’s (2014) article, Drama and learning science: an empty space?

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