Dr James Rudd, is a Senior Lecturer in Physcal Education at Liverpool John Moores University and an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Institute of Sports, Exercise and Active Living, Victoria University, Melbourne. James's research interests are in the area of child development and motor learning. His latest research is looking into the impact of physical education pedagogy, underpinned by motor learning theory, on children's motor, psychological and cognitive development as well as children's physical activity behaviours. Before moving to Liverpool, James worked at Victoria University in Melbourne where he carried out research into the efficacy and effectiveness of gymnastics in developing motor skill competence in primary school children.
Prior to undertaking his PhD, James spent seven years working in schools in the UK and Australia, supporting teachers and helping develop the physical education curriculum in primary schools.
Rudd JR, Barnett LM, Farrow D, Berry J, Borkoles E, Polman R. 2017. The Impact of Gymnastics on Children’s Physical Self-Concept and Movement Skill Development in Primary Schools Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 0 :1-9 >DOI
Rudd JR, Barnett LM, Farrow D, Berry J, Borkoles E, Polman R. 2017. Effectiveness of a 16 week gymnastics curriculum at developing movement competence in children. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 20 :164-169 >DOI
Rudd JR, bardid F, Polman R, Lenor. M, Barnett L. 2015. Cross-cultural comparison of motor competence in children from Australia and Belgium Frontiers in Psychology, 6 >DOI
Rudd J, Polman R, Farrow D, Borkoles E. Efficacy of the Launchpad gymnastics program. Industry Report to Gymnastics Australia.
Conference Publication (journal proceedings)
Rudd JR, Farrow D, Borkoles E, Barnett L, Berry J, Polman R. The influence of a fundamental movement skill intervention on perceived movement skill competency in primary school children. APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY-AN INTERNATIONAL REVIEW-PSYCHOLOGIE APPLIQUEE-REVUE INTERNATIONALE,
Polman R, Rudd JR, Borkoles E. Development of movement literacy test battery for secondary schools: The influence of SES Journal of Applied Psychology,
Rudd JR, Farrow D, Barnett L, Borkoles E, Berry J, Polman R. A pilot study to evaluate the efficacy of the ‘Launchpad’ gymnastics programme at developing children's motor coordination and fundamental movement skills Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport,
Telford D, keegan R, Rudd JR, Batnett L, olive L, Edwards L, Lander N, Keegan S. Physical literacy development in Australian youth: A current concern Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport,
Rudd JR, butson M, Borkoles E, Barnett L, Farrow D, Berry J, Polman R. Physical literacy development in Australian youth: A current concern Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport,
Engagement & Impact
Award title: Postgraduate Award of Distinction, Awarding body: The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Institution: Physical literacy – a foundation for sporting excellence in India. Victoria University, Procam International, India Institute of Sport Management, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Commonwealth Government of Australia., Collaborator: Hans Westerbeek, Camilla Brockett
Links #1: https://theconversation.com/want-an-olympic-legacy-get-primary-school-children-trying-out-a-range-of-different-sports-64513, Media coverage: Want an Olympic Legacy? Get primary children trying out a range of different sports
Links #1: http://theconversation.com/cant-throw-cant-catch-australian-kids-are-losing-that-sporting-edge-36822, Media coverage: A short article for the Conversation titled 'Can’t throw, can’t catch: Australian kids are losing that sporting edge'. Which sparked huge media interest resulting in over 45 media items to an audience of 2,743,250 at an advertising space rate (media value) of $329,030.
Membership of professional bodies:
Member, Sports Medicine Australia
Member, European College of Sport Science
Member, Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Member, North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity
Research Grants Awarded:
Liverpool John Moores University, Examine the efficacy of the SAMPLE- PE curriculum on enhancing children aged 5-7 perceived and actual fundamental movement skill (FMS) competence from a low socio-economic background., Dr Lawrence Foweather, Grant value (£): 23,000
Liverpool John Moores University, Vice Chancellor PhD Scholarship, Efficacy of the SAMPLE- PE curriculum to improve physical literacy attributes among primary school children from low socio- economic backgrounds, Grant value (£): 23,000
FREE FUND Research Capacity Fund, A feasibility study to investigate the administration, organisation and acceptability of the ‘SAMPLE- PE ’ curriculum to improve physical literacy in 5-6 year olds from low socio-economic backgrounds., Dr Lawrence Foweather, Grant value (£): £25,000
Australian Medicare Local Alliance, Enhancing physical literacy in children from low socioeconomic backgrounds, Grant value (£): $120,000