Course Leader for PE, and Senior Lecturer in PE and PE and Sports Coaching
School of Sport and Exercise Science
tel: 01905 855450
Karen is Course Leader for PE and a Senior Lecturer in PE and PE and Sports Coaching. She qualified as a teacher in 1998 and has worked for a number of years as a teacher, whilst working alongside staff from the Worcestershire Local Delivery Agency to develop and deliver professional learning opportunities in PE for teachers in secondary, primary and special schools.
After teaching, Karen worked for the Youth Sport Trust as a Programme Manager for PE, where she led on developing and delivering resources and professional learning opportunities across England to support school staff teaching PE.
Karen is passionate about enhancing learning outcomes for all students and enjoys working with students in seminars, tutorials and practicals to enhance and challenge their thinking, to encourage them to be reflective and critical thinkers and learners.
Karen teaches across all three years of the undergraduate PE and PE and Sports Coaching courses, specifically focussing on modules on primary PE, gymnastics and pedagogy-based modules, to allow her to use her prior experiences to enhance the module content and student learning.
She is currently studying part time for her PhD on power relations in artistic gymnastics.
- PG Certificate in Research Methods, University of Worcester (2023)
- MA in Education, University of Worcester (2020)
- PG Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Worcester (2018)
- PGCE in Secondary Physical Education, Liverpool John Moores University (1998)
- BSc (Hons) in Movement Science and Physical Education, University of Liverpool (1997)
- Gymnastics Coach (artistic) Level 2
- Trampolining Coach Level 1
- Hockey Coach Level 1
- Netball Coach Level 1
Teaching & Research
Primary Physical Education and Government strategy in England, physical activity policy, teaching and learning pedagogy and sociology.
Sociology in sport, specifically power relations connected to gender.
Karen is currently working on her PhD focussing on exploring power relations in competitive, non-elite artistic gymnastics: investigating gender disparities in artistic gymnastics in England.
Broughton, K. (2023) An exploration of power relations in competitive, non-elite artistic gymnastics: exploring gender disparities in artistic gymnastics in England. Women in Sport and Exercise Conference (June 2023).
Broughton, K. (2023) An exploration of power relations in competitive, non-elite artistic gymnastics: exploring gender disparities in artistic gymnastics in England. The Post Graduate Research Conference, University of Worcester (June 2023).
Poster presentation at QRSA Conference: Changing Government, changing attitudes: Shifting policy of competition within the Primary National Curriculum for Physical Education in England. (July 2022).
Broughton, K. (2018) ‘Does the use of OneNote for formative feedback affect student perceptions of formative feedback?’ University of Worcester Learning and Teaching Conference.
Co-author of two book chapters:
Foster, R. and Barber, L. (2021) Physical Education for Young People with Disabilities: A Handbook of Ideas Created for Practitioners by Practitioners. Routledge. Ch. 3 and Ch. 4.
Working at The Youth Sport Trust Karen developed a number of resources including:
Start to Move
- Developing Cross Curricular Approaches
- Developing Object Control
- Developing Stability
- Developing Locomotion
- Assessment without levels in PE
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Karen spent eight years volunteering as a Governor in a local first and middle school.