Earle Abrahamson

Mr Earle Abrahamson

Senior Lecturer

Circle, Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

, School of Health, Sport and Bioscience

Course leader in Sports Therapy

Areas Of Interest

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

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OVERVIEW

A highly motivated, ambitious and dedicated professional leader with international recognition (Advance HE/ISSoTL) who remains focussed on educational qualification and curriculum development. International author with 5 star ratings. Leads and innovates on international work on students as co-creators and partners. Inclusive leadership style that enables both faculty and staff to realise potential and productivity. Excellent management, communication and teaching skills. Identifies strategic commercial opportunities to maximise outputs and goals. Extensive global experience gained in complex and evolving educational and commercial markets, with a passion for developing others and enhancing the student experience.

External roles and membership of professional bodies

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

National Chair GCMT
Elected Member to CNHC Board
Elected Member to WMC Board
External Examiner for 3 UK HEIs
Editorial Board TLI
Co-founding Editor Journal of Impact Cultures
Co-lead Multinational Teaching Fellows International Group - ISSoTL

External Examiner - University of Bedfordshire
External Examiner - Cardiff Metropolitan University

CURRENT RESEARCH

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.

Current research areas

  • 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
  • Academic writing and feedback
  • Co-creating cultures for learning

PUBLICATIONS

Selected publications

  • Abrahamson, E.D., Puzzar, C., Ferro, M.S., Bailey, S. (2019). Peer mentors' experiences and perceptions of mentoring in undergraduate health and sports science programmes. Journal of Pedagogical Research, 3(2): 21-37
  • Kensington-Miller, B, Oliver, C, Moron-Garcia, S, Manarin, K, Abrahamson, E.D, Simmons, N., Dreshler, J (2019) An International Interdisciplinary Writing Group: Perspectives on Building Partnerships and Developing Communities. Brill Publishers
  • Abrahamson, E.D. (2019). Review of the Scholarship of Science. TLI
  • Abrahamson, E. D., Mann, J. (2018). For whom is the feedback intended? A student-focused critical analysis of Turnitin software as a tool for learning. Journal of Pedagogical Research, 2(3),145-166.
  • Cross, D. and Abrahamson, E. (2018)  SOTLVision – A pilot multisite conference seminar
  • Manarin K, and Abrahamson E.D. (2016). Academic Identity and Troublesome Knowledge.  International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 10(2) Art 2 1-6
  • 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, 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
  • 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.

Articles for Massage World Journal

  • 2013 - Massage a Mix of Modalities
  • 2013 - Informed Consent
  • 2014 - Smart record keeping
  • 2015 - Regulating Complementary Medicine
  • 2015 - Reflective Practice
  • 2015 - Becoming Professional
  • 2015 - Clinical decision making
  • 2017 - Anatomy in Action

Webinars

2015 - Smart Record Keeping
2015 - Supervision and Implicit Bias
2016 - Turnitin student engagement through feedback webcast

UEL CELT Presentations

Using Turnitin for feedback - 18 May 2016

Books/Chapters in books

  • Abrahamson, E.D and Langston, J. (2019). Concise Manual of Muscle Testing. Handspring Publishing, UK
  • Kensington-Miller, B, Oliver, C, Moron-Garcia, S, Manarin, K, Abrahamson, E.D, Simmons, N., Dreshler, J (2019) An International Interdisciplinary Writing Group: Perspectives on Building Partnerships and Developing Communities. Brill Publishers
  • Abrahamson, E.D, and Langston J. (2016). Making Sense of Learning Human Anatomy and Physiology - Lotus Publishers, UK
  • 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, Gregory, C. Ferro, M.S. (2019). The Transition Between Academic and Employment Borders- The Case of the Padlet E-Portfolio ISSoTL Conference, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Abrahamson, E.D., Mann J. (2019). Deconstructing Borders by Understanding User Narratives Within On-Line Feedback Systems. Issotl conference, Atlanta Georgia
  • Abrahamson, E.D. (2019) Centre for Excellence Conference - UEL  - Perceptions of Peer Mentoring – University of East London
  • Motley, P, Divan, A., Abrahamson, E.D., Manarin, K (2019). Sustained Collaboration: A Hidden Value of the International Collaborative Writing Group Program. Issotl Conference, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Abrahamson, E.D. Peer mentors perceptions of peer mentoring. UEL RKE conference
  • Abrahamson, E.D., Ferro M., Gregory, c. (2018). Is the writing on the wall. Investigation into padlets for feedback.  Paper Presentation – ISSOTL Conference, Bergen, Norway.
  • Abrahamson, ED et.al., (2018) - Narratives from an International Collaborative Writing Group. Paper Presentation – ISSOTL Conference, Bergen, Norway.
  • Abrahamson, ED, Cross D (2018) - Towards a Culture of Teaching Excellence. Paper Presentation – ISSOTL Conference, Bergen, Norway.
  • Cross, D. & Abrahamson, E Inside the MNTF Special Interest Group - Crafting a culture for teaching excellence
  • Abrahamson, E.D. (2017), The Value of using a student module management to facilitate module planning and teaching. Accepted to the IFNTF World Summit, 16-18 February, Birmingham   
  • Abrahamson, E., Cross, D., Hamshire, C & Higgs, B. - Towards New Heights in Teaching Excellence - Reflections on Recognition - International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Calgary 2017
  • Abrahamson, E.D. and Mann, J. (2016) Exploiting feedback features in Feedback Studio to enhance academic literacy - Storylines from Student Learning. Accepted for ISSoTL 2016 Conference, Los Angeles
  • Abrahamson, E.D. (2016)  Towards the scholarship of storytelling through student-led mentorship and integrated learning spaces. Accepted for ISSoTL 2016 Conference, Los Angeles
  • 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 an 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, Johannesburg (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)

FUNDING

Grants and Funding
2017-2019 - £40K - Peer mentoring scheme – OFS funded
Successfully secured 20k for a graduate internship project 2015-2016
2015 - STEP - £30K graduate employment scheme

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
Principal Fellow of the UK HEA - 2016 
Holistic Business Therapy Awards - Star Product Runner Up - Making Sense of Learning Human Anatomy and Physiology - 2017
Vice Chancellor's excellence award for the student experience - winner May 2019
Vice Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award - 2019
Inaugural fellow of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning - May 2019

TEACHING

BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

Our Sports Therapy degree produces sports therapists who've had the benefit of expert teaching, plenty of practical experience and whose skills are always in demand.

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MODULES

Earle leads the anatomy and research project modules. He further inputs into 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 strand across the undergraduate programme to ensure students develop into competent practitioners.

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.

  • Module Leader - Musculoskeletal Anatomy of the Upper and Lower Limb
  • Module Leader - Independent Research Project
  • Clinic Leader - 2nd year sports therapy clinic