Youth, Sport and Health Research Network postgraduate students

Student Biography

Patrick Crouch

Patrick Crouch is in his second year as a PhD (Education) candidate with the Faculty of Education and Social Work, having completed undergraduate studies in 2005 (BEd- HMHE) with 1st Class Honours.

Patrick worked as a research assistant on the 'Youth Cultures of Eating' project, which was a nation wide study exploring diet and body image of approximately 8000 school aged children. In 2007 he was awarded the 'Thomas and Ethel Mary Ewing Scholarships in Education' and commenced his PhD research that follows on from his honours research to look at the role of parents in shaping child dietary behaviours, and how perceptions of the physical environment influences parents eating and feeding practices. The title of his study is [[i||An examination of mothers' socio-economic status, physical food environment, perceptions, behaviours and experiences in buying, preparing, eating, and feeding fruits and vegetables to their preschool aged child'.

Michelle Gorzanelli

Michelle Gorzanelli is a graduate of the Human Movement and Health Education program at the University of Sydney and is a PDHPE teacher at PLC. She is conducting a PhD under the supervision of Dr Richard Light and Dr Steve Georgakis that inquires into the quality of students' perceptions and experiences of physical education in NSW primary schools. Michelle is in her first year of a part time PhD and has been invited to deliver a practical demonstration on the Games Sense approach to teaching basketball as part of the pre-conference TGfU workshop at the 2008 International Society for Comparative Physical Education and Sport World Congress in Macau.