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Circus arts a ‘growing area’ for physical literacy research

A postdoctoral fellow at the College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, recently completed training at the world-renowned National Circus School in Montreal as part of a circus arts instructor program, which is related to her physical literacy research.

The National Circus School’s research centre is tied to major professional circus companies including Cirque du Soleil. The 17-week online program was capped off with a one-week visit to the famed school in June.

Natalie Houser began her Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)-funded postdoc in September 2021, working with Dr. Dean Kriellaars, associate professor of physical therapy.

The two-year SSHRC funding is to gain a better understanding of physical literacy enriched pedagogy, which is relevant for all those who influence children’s movement, whether a teacher, coach, recreation leader or rehabilitation professional. The research aims to activate the “physical literacy cycle” – which includes confidence, competence, motivation and active participation – so children can find lifelong movement pursuits…. link to full length article at UM News.