Dr Blake Bennett
Blake completed his Doctoral degree in the field of sport coaching with a focus on the pedagogies of rugby coaches in New Zealand and Japanese secondary schools. He completed his Masters Degree in Sport Sciences at the Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences, Japan, regarding aggression and violence in the Japanese martial art of Kendo. Blake has coached for over 20 years, leads the Education Task Force of the New Zealand Kendo Federation, and is currently coach of the Mens’ New Zealand Kendo Team.
Research | Current
The potential for, and the reality of, abuse in youth sport contexts is both persistent and global. However, there are increasing concerns that much of the legislative practice required of educators is causing confusion and a culture of suspicion. The issue of child safeguard policy in sport has led scholars to interrogate the ways in which educators have been required to reorganise their practice, and the undesirable influences of such shifts (Johnson, 2000). With the notable exception of Piper et al (2016) there remains a paucity of research on the influence of child safeguarding policies on sport coaching practices internationally; with a distinct absence of research in New Zealand community sport coaching contexts.
Blake's current research investigates ways in which the practices of New Zealand volunteer coaches are influenced by a safeguard ‘sword of Damocles’, with the influence of the Vulnerable Children’s Act 2014 (Ministry of Education, 2014), coaches’ codes of ethics, and wider discourses of child safety measures being of primary concern.
Teaching | Current
PHYSED 101: Games and Sport Education
PHYSED 102: Alternative Sport and Play
SPORT 101: Making a Difference in Sport
SPORTHPE 101: Sociocultural Foundations
EDCURRIC 237/SPORT202: Recreation and Leisure
SPORT 204: Coaching Sport
SPORT302: Sport Leadership
Richard Bennett: ‘Before the Concrete Sets’ - Promoting links between Physical Education and Literacy learning for primary school Pasifika students in New Zealand
Carlos Kucera: Understanding the concept of health and well-being - A comparison between teacher´s concepts, practices and curriculum in New Zealand and Brazil
Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology (MEXT) Research Student Scholarship recipient
1) New Zealand Kendo Federation – Education Taskforce Lead
2) New Zealand Kendo Federation Coach Development Pathway – Lead
3) New Zealand Mens’ Kendo Team – Coach
Areas of expertise
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Bennett, B., & Fyall, G. (2018). Power and Control in School Rugby: An Hermeneutic Interpretation of the Pedagogical Intentions of Five Secondary School Rugby Coaches in New Zealand. Journal of Global Sport Management, 1-18. 10.1080/24704067.2018.1432986
- Bennett, B. (2017). Drawing on de Coubertin’s Olympism philosophy in the secondary school rugby experience. Diagoras: International Academic Journal on Olympic Studies, 1, 191-208.
- Saito, M., & Bennett, B. (2016). ニュージーランドのスポーツ振興策に関する考察：地域におけるスポーツ振興の現状に着目して (Sport promotion policies in New Zealand: A review of the current state of regional sports promotion). 専修大学スポーツ研究所紀要 (Senshu University Sports Research Bulletin), 39, 9-27.
- Kageta, J., Iriguchi, Y., Ueno, H., & Bennett, B. (2014). 反省的実践家としてのスポーツコーチに関する研究 (Ⅱ) (A study of the sports coach as a reflective practitioner (II)). 大阪教育大学紀要 (Memoirs of Osaka Kyoiku University, Ser.IV Education, Psychology, Special Needs Education and Physical Education), 63 (1), 33-44.
- Kageta, J., Iriguchi, Y., Ueno, H., & Bennett, B. (2014). 反省的実践家としてのスポーツコーチに関する研究 (Ⅰ) (A study of the sports coach as a reflective practitioner (I)). 大阪教育大学紀要 (Memoirs of Osaka Kyoiku University, Ser.IV Education, Psychology, Special Needs Education and Physical Education), 62 (2), 23-35.
- Bennett, B. (2014). The coach as educator: A possible content and pedagogical framework. Paper presented at AIESEP 2014 World Congress, Auckland, New Zealand. 10 February - 13 February 2014.
- Bennett, B., & Culpan, I. (2014). The coach as educator: Content and pedagogical frameworks. Journal of Physical Education and Health, 3 (5), 5-18.
- Bennett, B. (2013). The Kendo coach: Sports psychology in Kendo Part 10 – Series summary. Kendo World: Crossing Swords & Borders, 7 (1).