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Mr Earle Abrahamson PFHEA

Senior Lecturer in Sports Therapy

Health, Sport and Bioscience

    Earle Abrahamson is a senior lecturer in sports therapy. He is also the national chair of the Massage Training Institute, Vice-Chair of the General Council for Sport Tissue Therapists, and sits on the professional board for soft tissue therapy at the Complementary and Natural Health Care council. He is an internationally published author, therapist, psychologist, educator and teaching fellow. Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Earle gained qualifications and expertise in physical education and soft tissue therapy, clinical psychology and educational practices.

    In 2002 he relocated to the United Kingdom where he has worked extensively in further and higher education. Internationally, he has presented his work on teaching and learning practices, reasoning development, feedback and assessment, sports rehabilitation and sport psychology at major conferences, conventions and workshops. He has extensive experience as a mentor and has developed mentorship programmes internationally. Earle has been instrumental in designing therapy related programmes that promote reasoning and graduate skills employability.

    He currently co-chairs The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL),  multinational teaching fellows interest group. He received the honour and status of senior practitioner in clinical soft tissue therapy with the British Register of Complementary Practitioners (BRCP).

    Earle divides his time between academic and clinical practice. He speacialises in soft tissue practices and works with a range of team and individual athletes.


    Earle is an accredited soft tissue practitioner having worked at major national and international events including the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympic Games

    Member of the ISSOTL Student Engagement Interest Group – (2008- present)
    Co-Chair of the ISSOTL Multinational Teaching Fellows Interest Group – (2009- present)

    Founding Member - Editorial Board - Teaching and Learning Inquiry - ISSoTL Journal
    Member of the ISSOTL PBL Interest Group – (2008- present)
    Editorial Board – International Journal of Problem Based Learning
    Member of the HEA HLST Network (2006 – present)
    External Examiner and Verifier for Edexcel NQF qualifications level 1-3 (2005-2012)
    External Reviewer for Edexcel qualifications NQF qualifications level 1-3 (2005-2012)
    Centre Quality Reviewer – Edexcel (Pearson Education) 2010 – present
    Qualification developer – Edexcel/Pearson – 2012-present
    Consultant – UEL Global Examinations Board –(sports management qualification development) – 2012 –
    Quality Manager – UEL Global Examinations Board until October 2013
    Quality Assurance advisor/officer UEL 
    External Examiner – Sports Therapy – Leeds Beckett University (appointed June 2012)
    Elected member for professional standards for massage – Complementary and Natural Health Council – March 2013
    Vice Chair- General Council for Massage Therapies (GCMT) – February 2014
    Chair of the Massage Therapy Institution (MTI) – April 2014
    External Examiner - Cardiff Met - Effective October 2016

    Overview




    Current Research:
    Assessment and feedback in higher education understanding the dynamics of standards and awards
    Problem based learning and the development of higher order reasoning skills in undergraduate sports therapy students
    Curriculum Development, troublesome knowledge and academic identity
    Using student mentorship to engage student learning and direct the student experience
    Publications:
    Abrahamson E.D. (2015) Review of the ISSOTL 2014 Conference. Teaching & Learning Inquiry: The ISSOTL Journal Vol. 3, No. 1 pp. 18
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    Abrahamson E.D. (2014) Review of
    University Teaching in Focus: A Learning-Centred Approach
    Teaching & Learning Inquiry: The ISSOTL Journal Vol. 2, No. 1 pp. 5-6

    Nicola Simmons, Earle Abrahamson, Jessica M. Deshler, Barbara Kensington-Miller, Karen Manarin, Sue Morón-García, Carolyn Oliver, Joanna Renc-Roe (2013) Troublesome Thresholds:
    SoTL Practitioners’ Identity Conflicts and Configurations. Teaching & Learning Inquiry: The ISSOTL Journal Vol. 1, No. 2 pp. 9-21.
    Abrahamson, ED, Egan, K., and West, L. (2012). Towards a conceptual model of clinical reasoning development in an undergraduate sports rehabilitation curriculum. SportEx Medicine Journal, 51: 16-21.
    Abrahamson, ED and Barter, P (2011). Using a Student Mentorship Scheme to Develop and Raise Academic Attainment. Middlesex Journal of Educational Technology, 1, (1), 21-29.
    Abrahamson, ED (2010). Formative assessment using video feedback. Higher Education Academy
    Abrahamson, E. D. (2009).
    Assessment and feedback in Higher Education, Link Journal, HEA
    Link 24.
    Abrahamson E.D. (2009). Using problem based learning in teaching sport in HE- Barriers and benefits Journal of Health, Social and Environmental Issues – Middlesex University 10 (1), 33- 39.
    Kulesa, L. & Abrahamson, E.D. (2009). The use of whole body vibration platform to enhance muscle flexibility. A review of the literature. Journal of Health, Social and Environmental Issues – Middlesex University 10(1), 25-32.
    Abrahamson E.D. (2009). Using PBL to develop autonomy in student thinking and clinical reasoning ability on the Middlesex University sports rehabilitation degree. Higher Education Academy – LINK journal. Link Newsletter published by HEA 23, 10-11

    http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/hlst/documents/LINK_Newsletter/link23_supporting_students.pdf

    Abrahamson E.D. (2009).Muscle Case Study. Higher Education Academy
    Abrahamson E.D. (2009).Placement Case Study. Higher Education Academy
    McGregor, H and Abrahamson, ED (2000). The psychological effects of precompetitive stress on elite divers – A review. South African Journal of Psychology, 30 (3), 38-44.
    Abrahamson, ED (1999). Psychological Burnout in Sport: A comparative analysis between South African Gymnasts and Tennis Players. Africa Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 5 (2), 140-149.

    http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/hlst/resources/casestudies


    Books/Chapters in books


    Hancock, J, Phillippo, P, Adams, M, Harris, B, and Abrahamson ED (2011).BTEC level 2 First Sport Assessment Resource Park. Pearsons Education.
    Comfort P and Abrahamson E.D (Editors). Sports Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention - Wiley and Son, publishers (May 2010).
    Abrahamson E and Herrington, L. Clinical Reasoning chapter. In Sports Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention - Wiley and Son, publishers (May, 2010).
    Abrahamson E, Hyland, V, Hicks, S, Koukoullis, C. Progressive Functional Rehabilitation chapter. In Sports Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention - Wiley and Son, publishers (May 2010).
    Cohen, R., Nordin, S; Abrahamson; E. Sport Psychology Chapter. In Sports Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention - Wiley and Son, publishers (May, 2010)
    Abrahamson E.D. South Africa Chapter. In The World Sport Psychology Source Book, 3rd Edition, Edited by, Lidor, R; Morris, T; Bardaxoglou, N; and Becker, B (2001). Fitness Information Technology, USA.
    Abrahamson E.D.
    Africa Chapter. In The World Sport Psychology Source Book, 3rd Edition, Edited by, Lidor, R; Morris, T; Bardaxoglou, N; and Becker, B (2001). Fitness Information Technology, USA.


    Conferences


    Papers and Panels
    Abrahamson, E.D. and D’Sena, P. Conceptualisation and Realisation of Civic Engagement in a post 92 UK University – EuroSoTL, Cork Ireland, (2015)
    Abrahamson, E.D. and Hardie K, Multinational teaching fellowship schemes – EuroSoTL, Cork Ireland, (2015)
    Abrahamson, E.D. and Manarin K, Troublesome Knowing and Academic Identity – ISSoTL Conference, Quebec City, Canada (2014)
    Nicola Simmons, Earle Abrahamson, Jessica M. Deshler, Barbara Kensington-Miller, Karen Manarin, Sue Morón-García, Carolyn Oliver, Joanna Renc-Roe

    Troublesome Thresholds:
    SoTL Practitioners’ Identity Conflicts and Configurations
    - ISSOTL conference, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA October 2013.
    Abrahamson, E.D.
    Delivering feedback for adaptive learning –ISSOTL conference, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, October 2012.
    Abrahamson, E.D. Towards a conceptual model of clinical reasoning (CR) development in an undergraduate sports rehabilitation curriculum – translating practice into theory, ISSOTL conference – Milwaukee, October 2011
    Abrahamson, E.D., Salter, D., Ahmad, A., Cox, M., Smigiel, H., Tierney, A., Finnigan, T., Higgs, B.Multi-National perspectives on teaching awards – Panel Discussion, ISSOTL conference – Milwaukee, October 2011
    Abrahamson, E.D. Is PBL effective in the promotion of clinical reasoning development in undergraduate sports rehabilitation students.
    ISSOTL, October 2010
    Abrahamson, E.D., Rust, C., Firth, M. Using the LAAER model to assess standards of degree classification in higher education.
    ISSOTL, October 2010
    Abrahamson, E.D. Using PBL to promote clinical reasoning development in undergraduate sports rehabilitation students.
    London SOTL, 13 May 2010
    Abrahamson, E.D. Is PBL and effective teaching approach in the development of clinical reasoning skills.
    Higher Education Conference, Brighton (2009)
    Abrahamson, E.D. Using Assessment and feedback to direct the student learning experience.
    Higher Education Conference, Oxford (2009)
    Abrahamson, E.D. The case of MUSCLE – Middlesex University Sport Student Learning Experience. ISSOTL Conference, Bloomington, Indiana (2009)
    Abrahamson, E.D. The case of MUSCLE – Middlesex University Sport Student Learning Experience. Mini Sports Conference, London (2009)
    Abrahamson, E.D. Barriers and Benefits of PBL.
    Higher Education special interest group on PBL meeting, UCLAN (2009)
    Abrahamson, E.D. problem based learning, barriers and benefits. Mini Sports Conference, London (2008)
    Frame, P. & and Abrahamson, E.D. Why do you call me sir? ISSOTL Conference, Alberta, Canada (2008)
    Abrahamson, E.D. The effect of feedback on feedforward.
    Annual teaching and learning conference, Middlesex University, London (2008)
    Abrahamson, E.D. Sport Psychology and important component of the sporting puzzle. Commonwealth Games Conference, Manchester (2003)
    Abrahamson, E.D. Towards an ecosystemic understanding of sports performance and injury.South African Sports Medicine Conference, Johanneburg(2001)
    Abrahamson, E.D. and Kaplan, R.
    Developing ecosytemic theory to understand injury pathology and management. International Society of Sport Psychology Conference, Skiathos, Greece(2001)
    Abrahamson, E.D. Towards a conceptual model of performance enhancement. All Africa Games Scientific Conference, Johannesburg (1999)
    Abrahamson, E.D. Ecosytemic model of injury management.
    World Conference on Mental Training in Sport, Salt Lake City, Utah (1999)
    Abrahamson, E.D. Psychological burnout in sport, the cost of competing.
    South African Sports Medicine Conference, Sun City, South Africa (1999)
    Abrahamson, E.D. Psychological burnout in sport a comparative analysis between South African gymnasts and tennis players.
    International Society for Sport Psychology Conference, Israel (1997)

    Earle is currently engaged with research projects investigating the value of Turnitin as a tool for enhancing academic writing in undergraduate sports therapy students. This is a pan UEL research project which has implications for the future use and development of Turnitin software and platforms.

     

    A second project involves the evaluation of a student led peer mentorship scheme. The project provides a comparative analysis of mentorship schemes across professional programmes within the school, namely podiatry and sports therapy.

    Internationally, Earle is leading a project that considers the metrics for excellence in teaching.  As co-chair of the multinational teaching fellows group, Earle together with Kirsten Hardie, is reviewing and defining teaching fellowship within an excellence framework. Through this work it is hoped that a more useful analysis of the process for becoming an excellent tutor will emerge.

     

    Earle's Research interests lie in understanding the student learning experience, pedagogies for discipline specific teaching, feedback and feedforward cycles within learning. Earle has recently completed a research study with Dr Karen Manarin from Canada, on troublesome knowing and SoTL.

    From a discipline specific perspective, Earle researches clinical reasoning development and metacognition. He is also interested in fascial connections, and the use of kinesiological tape in the management of soft tissue injuries.

    Collaborators

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    Research

    • Manarin K, and Abrahamson E.D. (2016). Academic Identity and Troublesome Knowledge – Accepted to the International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
    Abrahamson E.D. (2015) Review of the 2015 EuroSOTL conference:
    Teaching & Learning Inquiry: The ISSOTL Journal Vol. 3, No. 2 pp. 107-108
    Abrahamson E.D. (2014) Review of 2014 ISSOTL conference
    Teaching & Learning Inquiry: The ISSOTL Journal Vol. 3, No. 1 pp. 91-92
    Abrahamson E.D. (2014) Review of University Teaching in Focus: A Learning-Centred Approach
    Teaching & Learning Inquiry: The ISSOTL Journal Vol. 2, No. 1 pp. 5-6
    • Nicola Simmons, Earle Abrahamson, Jessica M. Deshler, Barbara Kensington-Miller, Karen Manarin, Sue Morón-García, Carolyn Oliver, Joanna Renc-Roe (2013) Troublesome Thresholds: SoTL Practitioners’ Identity Conflicts and Configurations. Teaching & Learning Inquiry: The ISSOTL Journal Vol. 1, No. 2 pp. 9-21.
    Abrahamson, E.D., Egan, K., and West, L. (2012). Towards a conceptual model of clinical reasoning development in an undergraduate sports rehabilitation curriculum. SportEx Medicine Journal, 51: 16-21.
    Abrahamson, E.D. and Barter, P (2011). Using a Student Mentorship Scheme to Develop and Raise Academic Attainment. Middlesex Journal of Educational Technology, 1, (1), 21-29.
    Abrahamson, E.D. (2010). Formative assessment using video feedback. Higher Education Academy
    Abrahamson, E. D. (2009). Assessment and feedback in Higher Education, Link Journal, HEA Link 24.
    Abrahamson E.D. (2009). Using problem based learning in teaching sport in HE- Barriers and benefits Journal of Health, Social and Environmental Issues – Middlesex University 10 (1), 33- 39.
    • Kulesa, L. & Abrahamson, E.D. (2009). The use of whole body vibration platform to enhance muscle flexibility. A review of the literature. Journal of Health, Social and Environmental Issues – Middlesex University 10(1), 25-32.
    Abrahamson E.D. (2009). Using PBL to develop autonomy in student thinking and clinical reasoning ability on the Middlesex University sports rehabilitation degree. Higher Education Academy – LINK journal. Link Newsletter published by HEA 23, 10-11
    http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/hlst/documents/LINK_Newsletter/link23_supporting_students.pdf
    Abrahamson E.D. (2009). Muscle Case Study. Higher Education Academy
    Abrahamson E.D. (2009). Placement Case Study. Higher Education Academy
    • McGregor, H and Abrahamson, E.D. (2000). The psychological effects of precompetitive stress on elite divers – A review. South African Journal of Psychology, 30 (3), 38-44.
    Abrahamson, E.D. (1999). Psychological Burnout in Sport: A comparative analysis between South African Gymnasts and Tennis Players. Africa Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 5 (2), 140-149.
    http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/hlst/resources/casestudies

    Book in Press – Making Sense of Learning Anatomy – Lotus Books – Abrahamson E.D. and Langston J.

    Books/Chapters in Books

    Hancock, J, Phillippo, P, Adams, M, Harris, B, and Abrahamson ED (2011).BTEC level 2 First Sport Assessment Resource Park. Pearsons Education.
    Comfort P and Abrahamson E.D (Editors). Sports Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention - Wiley and Son, publishers (May 2010).
    Abrahamson E and Herrington, L. Clinical Reasoning chapter. In Sports Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention - Wiley and Son, publishers (May, 2010).
    Abrahamson E, Hyland, V, Hicks, S, Koukoullis, C. Progressive Functional Rehabilitation chapter. In Sports Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention - Wiley and Son, publishers (May 2010).
    Cohen, R., Nordin, S; Abrahamson; E. Sport Psychology Chapter. In Sports Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention - Wiley and Son, publishers (May, 2010)
    Abrahamson E.D. South Africa Chapter. In The World Sport Psychology Source Book, 3rd Edition, Edited by, Lidor, R; Morris, T; Bardaxoglou, N; and Becker, B (2001). Fitness Information Technology, USA.
    Abrahamson E.D. Africa Chapter. In The World Sport Psychology Source Book, 3rd Edition, Edited by, Lidor, R; Morris, T; Bardaxoglou, N; and Becker, B (2001). Fitness Information Technology, USA.

    Conferences
    Papers and Panels
    Abrahamson, E.D. Journeys Through Student Engagement – Great Unexpectations – Issotl conference, Melbourne, Australia, October 2015
    Abrahamson, E.D. and Manarin K. Lost in Translation – Issotl conference, Melbourne, Australia, October 2015
    Abrahamson, E.D. and D’Sena, P. The Scholarship of Civic Engagement in a UK post 92 University – Issotl conference, Melbourne, Australia, October 2015
    Abrahamson, E.D. and D’Sena, P. Conceptualisation and Realising Civic Engagement – Eurosotl conference, Cork Ireland, June 2015
    Abrahamson, E.D. and Hardie, K. Teaching fellowship towards excellence – Eurosotl conference, Cork Ireland, June 2015
    Abrahamson E.D. Academic identity and troublesome Knowing – Issotl 2014 Conference, Quebec City, Canada
    Nicola Simmons, Earle Abrahamson, Jessica M. Deshler, Barbara Kensington-Miller, Karen Manarin, Sue Morón-García, Carolyn Oliver, Joanna Renc-Roe - Troublesome Thresholds: SoTL Practitioners’ Identity Conflicts and Configurations- ISSOTL conference, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA October 2013.
    Abrahamson, E.D. Delivering feedback for adaptive learning – ISSOTL conference, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, October 2012.
    Abrahamson, E.D. Towards a conceptual model of clinical reasoning (CR) development in an undergraduate sports rehabilitation curriculum – translating practice into theory, ISSOTL conference – Milwaukee, October 2011
    Abrahamson, E.D., Salter, D., Ahmad, A., Cox, M., Smigiel, H., Tierney, A., Finnigan, T., Higgs, B. Multi-National perspectives on teaching awards – Panel Discussion, ISSOTL conference – Milwaukee, October 2011
    Abrahamson, E.D. Is PBL effective in the promotion of clinical reasoning development in undergraduate sports rehabilitation students. ISSOTL, October 2010
    Abrahamson, E.D., Rust, C., Firth, M. Using the LAAER model to assess standards of degree classification in higher education. ISSOTL, October 2010
    Abrahamson, E.D. Using PBL to promote clinical reasoning development in undergraduate sports rehabilitation students. London SOTL, 13 May 2010
    Abrahamson, E.D. Is PBL and effective teaching approach in the development of clinical reasoning skills. Higher Education Conference, Brighton (2009)
    Abrahamson, E.D. Using Assessment and feedback to direct the student learning experience. Higher Education Conference, Oxford (2009)
    Abrahamson, E.D. The case of MUSCLE – Middlesex University Sport Student Learning Experience. ISSOTL Conference, Bloomington, Indiana (2009)
    Abrahamson, E.D. The case of MUSCLE – Middlesex University Sport Student Learning Experience. Mini Sports Conference, London (2009)
    Abrahamson, E.D. Barriers and Benefits of PBL. Higher Education special interest group on PBL meeting, UCLAN (2009)
    Abrahamson, E.D. problem based learning, barriers and benefits. Mini Sports Conference, London (2008)
    Frame, P. & and Abrahamson, E.D. Why do you call me sir? ISSOTL Conference, Alberta, Canada (2008)
    Abrahamson, E.D. The effect of feedback on feedforward. Annual teaching and learning conference, Middlesex University, London (2008)
    Abrahamson, E.D. Sport Psychology and important component of the sporting puzzle. Commonwealth Games Conference, Manchester (2003)
    Abrahamson, E.D. Towards an ecosystemic understanding of sports performance and injury. South African Sports Medicine Conference, Johanneburg (2001)
    Abrahamson, E.D. and Kaplan, R. Developing ecosytemic theory to understand injury pathology and management. International Society of Sport Psychology Conference, Skiathos, Greece (2001)
    Abrahamson, E.D. Towards a conceptual model of performance enhancement. All Africa Games Scientific Conference, Johannesburg (1999)
    Abrahamson, E.D. Ecosytemic model of injury management. World Conference on Mental Training in Sport, Salt Lake City, Utah (1999)
    Abrahamson, E.D. Psychological burnout in sport, the cost of competing. South African Sports Medicine Conference, Sun City, South Africa (1999)
    Abrahamson, E.D. Psychological burnout in sport a comparative analysis between South African gymnasts and tennis players. International Society for Sport Psychology Conference, Israel (1997)

    Webinars

    2015 – Smart Record Keeping
    2015 – Supervision and Implicit Bias

    2016 - Engaging with Turnitin - Turnitin sponsored Webinar June 2016

    Publications

    Funding

    Successfully secured 20k for a graduate internship project 2015-2016

     

    AWARDS
    Institutional Teaching fellowship – October 2008
    ICNM award for outstanding contribution to sport and complementary medicine – 2012
    ICNM fellowship for sustained contribution to complementary medicine – 2013
    Turnitin Global Innovation Award winner – Student Engagement – 2015
    Senior Fellow of the UK HEA - 2015

    2016 Shortlisted for Best Lecturer - UELSU Student Led Awards

    Funding

    Earle is interested in student learning and curriculum development. He has a specific interest in fascia and the fascial connections in the body.


    Interests

    Portfolio

    Earle is the module leader for SE4107 - which deals with anatomy, foundation biomechanics and first aid.  This is a core first year sports therapy module.

    Earle supports teaching on SE5101 - a level 5 peripheral mobilisation and rehabilitation module, SE6103 sports trauma, and leads on the clinical governance and psychology threads throughout the programme modules. He regularly inputs into the SE4105 - soft tissue module.

    He is the level 5 clinic supervisor, together with Rachel Haskew, on a Monday night in the Aqua East clinic.

    His other duties include personal tutoring, leading the ASES civic engagement agenda, and working strategically with the HSB teaching and learning committee to shape policy and strategies.



    SE4105 -
    Module Leader
    Earle co-leads the Sports Therapy soft tissue modules and actively inputs into modules in psychology and clinical governance. He is responsible for embedding the psychology and clinical governance strnd across the
    undergraduate programme to ensure students develop into competent practitioners.

    Teaching