It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Dr. Joy Butler. She will be very much missed.

Dr. Butler was a Professor in the Dept of Curriculum and Pedagogy at UBC, Vancouver, Canada. She was coordinator of Health, Outdoor and Physical Education (HOPE) programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as two-year M.Ed Cohorts for Health, Outdoor and Physical Experiential Education (HOPE-Ed). Born in the United Kingdom, Dr. Butler taught secondary school Physical Education there for ten years, as well as coaching three basketball teams to national finals.

Joy’s research and teaching developed around constructivism, complexity thinking, situated ethics and community wellness. She was active in international scholarship, organization, and advocacy for TGfU. She founded and was Chair of the TGfU Task Force in 2002 and developed its evolution into the TGfU SIG in 2006. She directed the 1st and 4th International Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) Conferences in 2001 and 2008. She was invited to give presentations and workshops on TGfU in many different countries, including Finland, Singapore, Australia, Spain, Taiwan, Hong Kong, UK and Colombia. She created and Chaired the TGfU International Advisory Board comprising of 17 individual country representatives.

Joy edited or co-edited six TGfU books. Her authored book, ‘Using inventing games to prevent bullying, teach democracy and promote social justice,’ was published in 2016. Her research interests and international work have translated into the expansion of graduate and undergraduate PE programs at UBC. [biography adapted from]

Selected books available at Education Library:

Griffin, L. & Butler, J. (Eds.). (2005). Teaching games for understanding: Theory, Research and Practice, (pp. 1-238).  Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

GV361 .T34 2005, EDUCATION LIBRARY stacks

Butler, J., Griffin, L. (2010). More Teaching Games for Understanding: Moving globally, (pp. 1-248). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

GV361 .M73 2010, EDUCATION LIBRARY stacks

Butler, J. (Ed). (2015). Reconceptualizing physical education through curricular & pedagogical innovations (pp. 1–205). Morrisville, NC: Lulu Publishing

GV342 .R435 2015 EDUCATION LIBRARY reserve





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