PhD in Education, Focus: Curriculum & Pedagogy (University of British Columbia)
MSc in Kinesiology, Focus: Physical Activity & Aging (University of Western Ontario)
BEd in Education (University of Toronto)
BA in Kinesiology (University of Western Ontario)
Principal Qualifications, University of Toronto & University of Western Ontario
Senior Division Qualification, Physical Education
Physical Education Specialist
Coaching Theory Levels I & II
Douglas College Faculty since 2007.
My scholarly and research interests coalesce around cultural processes influencing knowledge construction of physical activity, health, aging, and curriculum. I draw from critical and feminist perspectives in my approach to research and teaching.
Currently, I am involved in a couple of research projects. One is an exploration to better understand women’s health-related experiences with road cycling and the other is critical analysis of health-related knowledge produced through using wearable digital technologies.
My research and teaching are informed by my experience as an elementary school teacher and principal alongside studies, research and teaching in post-secondary settings across Canada and Internationally.
Recent Citations for Karen Sirna
- Social media: Virtual environments for constructing knowledge on health and bodies?
- Embodied display: A critical examination of the biopedagogical experience of wearing health
- Tensions in teachers’ identities as educators for social justice
- Road cycling over forty: Fitness, friends, and fondos
- Social processes of health and physical education teachers' identity formation: Reproducing and changing culture
- Creating physical education in remote Australian schools: Overcoming the tyranny of distance through communities of practice
- The social tasks of learning to become a physical education teacher: Considering the HPE subject department as a community of practice
- With the best of intentions: A critical discourse analysis of physical education curriculum materials
- Becoming a health and physical education (HPE) teacher: Student teacher 'performances' in the physical education subject department office