Seth Brown is a Lecturer in Health and Physical Education in the School of Education in the College of Design and Social Context at RMIT University. He joined RMIT after working in universities in the USA and New Zealand.
Seth is a social theorist/social researcher who has published extensively in the area of youth studies. His research interests include issues such as young people and social change, health and wellbeing, morality and ethics in sport, and class, gender, sexuality, racial and ethnicity inequity and inequality.
Health and Physical Education in Thailand secondary schools (including Philippa Butler, Massey University; Anusorn Chanprathak and Kittichai Panyarom, Rajabhat Maha Sarakham University).
His 2011 edited book Issues and controversies in physical education: Policy, power and pedagogy assists physical educators to develop purposeful and practical connections between the scholarly work and their own practice. The intention is to encourage physical educators to critically analyse their daily practice and to reflect on what they observe, constantly thinking and challenging their assumptions about teaching.
His recent co-edited book Facing the big questions in teaching: Purpose, power and learning (2nd ed., Cengage, 2014) provides an up to date, accessible, and critical introduction to educational theory and research for working teachers. This book helps teachers to interweave theory, research and the puzzling challenges of practice they encounter in their everyday work.
- 2005 Doctor of Philosophy, University of Queensland, St. Lucia
- 1999 Master of Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
- 1997 Bachelor of Arts, School of Education, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
- 1997 Bachelor of Arts, School of Liberal Arts, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Roles and responsibilities
- Reviewer for APEX: The New Zealand Journal of Gifted Education, 2012-present
- Reviewer for Health Education Journal, 2013-present
- Reviewer for Higher Education Research and Development, 2010-present.
- Reviewer for Physical Education Sport Pedagogy, 2011-present
- Brown, S.,Kelly, P.,PHILLIPS, S. (2020). Belonging, Identity, Time and Young People’s Engagement in the Middle Years of School, Springer Nature, Switzerland
- Argent, G.,Brown, S.,Kelly, P. (2020). (In Press) The responsibilisation of learners in the Australian Foundation Skills apparatus: making up motivated, choice-making customers In: Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, , 1 - 13
- Brown, S. (2017). 'Tidy, toned and fit': Locating healthism within elite athlete programmes In: Sport, Education and Society, 22, 785 - 798
- Brown, S. (2016). Learning to be a 'goody-goody': Ethics and performativity in high school elite athlete programmes In: International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 51, 957 - 974
- Brown, S. (2015). Reconceptualising elite athlete programmes: 'undoing' the politics of labelling in health and physical education In: Sport, Education and Society, 20, 228 - 240
- Brown, S. (2015). Moving elite athletes forward: examining the status of secondary school elite athlete programmes and available post-school options In: Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 20, 442 - 458
- Brown, S.,Walshaw, M. (2014). (Re) conceptualising gender in education: Connecting research, theory, and practice In: Facing the big questions in teaching: Purpose, power, and learning, 2nd Edition, Cengage, Australia
- Brown, S.,Clark, P.,Gilling, M.,Waitere, H. (2014). Through the eye of a needle pass the multiple threads of biculturalism In: Facing the big questions in teaching: Purpose, power, and learning, Cengage, Australia
- Brown, S. (2012). De Coubertin's olympism and the laugh of Michel Foucault: Crisis discourse and the olympic games In: Quest, 64, 150 - 163
- Brown, S.,Butler, P.,Osborn, R. (2011). Students perceptions of learning outcomes, post-school options and status in two elite athlete programmes In: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) 2011 Conference, Hobart, Australia, 27 November - 1 December, 2011
1 PhD Completions4 PhD Current Supervisions
- COVID-19 and Disadvantaged Young People’s Education and Employment Aspirations: A Longitudinal Study of Young People’s Transitions in Geelong. Funded by: Anthony Costa Foundation Grant from (2021 to 2023)
- Non-attendance in the middle years in Whittlesea and what to do about it. Funded by: Collier Charitable Grant 2017 onwards from (2018 to 2018)