Themesa Y. Neckles BSc (Hons), MEd, PhD, SFHEA
Deputy Director of Learning & Teaching (Teaching Quality)
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Tel: (+44) (0)114 222 8106
Themesa is interested in using critical methodologies for inquiring into issues related to educational theory, policy and practice with focus on an emancipatory agenda for individuals’ lives, their work and the societies in which they live. She is also interested in engaging with theoretical issues around spirituality and education.
Her current research critically explores the work of John Dewey on the Theory of Experience with a view to reconceptualising physical education as an educational practice. Themesa’s research also demonstrates how a democratic process towards mass participation in school physical education can provide meaningful movement experiences at the school level, in order to establish a physical culture, where lifelong physical activity engagement is encouraged and maintained within a democratic society.
Themesa directed the Caribbean MEd. Programme at the School of Education and was the module coordinator for the Educational Research and Transformations of Professional Practice modules. She taught these modules on the Certificate/Diploma/Masters (MEd) in Education, Globalisation & Inclusion on the Caribbean MEd. Programme.
Past Teaching and Examining Experience
Themesa has worked as a part-time Teaching Associate on the Caribbean Masters Programme and was previously a full-time Lecturer in Physical Education for the BEd. Teacher Education Programme at the University of Trinidad and Tobago, Trinidad, West Indies. Themesa also taught physical education at all levels of the education system in Trinidad and Tobago as well as at Academies, 11 to 18 comprehensives and grammar schools in South Yorkshire, UK.
Sikes, P., Lavia, J., and Neckles, T. (2011) ‘... And this too shall pass!’ Spiritual striving and the academic life of three women, Journal for the Study of Spirituality, 1(1).