Applied Health Sciences - Kinesiology


  • Francis, N., Sheehan, D., Robinson, D., Johnson, A. (2011). Physical literacy resources for post-secondary students. Ottawa: PHE Canada. 
  • Wall, J. & Murray, N. (1994). (2nd Ed.). Children and movement: Physical education in the elementary school. Dubuque, IA: Wm. C. Brown Co. Publishers.
  • Wall, J. & Murray, N. (1990). Children and movement: Physical education in the elemenatry school. Dubuque, IA: Wm. C. Brown Co. Publishers.

BOOK CHAPTERS (past 5 years)

  • Lu, C. Francis, N. & Lodewyk, K. (2013). Movement domains. In D. Robinson & L. Randall (Eds.), Teaching physical education in Canadian schools. Toronto: Thompson Books.
  • Francis, N. (2009). What's new within the U? Historical development of games education and current curriocular relevancy of TGfU in Canada. In Hopper, T., Butler, J.,and Storey, B. (Eds.), TGfU... SImply good pedagogy: Understanding a complex challenge (pp. 35- 47). Ottawa: PHE Canada. 

       ARTICLES in REFEREED JOURNALS (past 5 years)

  • Francis, N. & Lathrop, A. (2014). ‘Here we go ‘round the Mulberry bush’: Problematizing ‘progress’ in Ontario’s elementary school dance curriculum: 1900 to 2000. The Journal of Dance Education, 14, 27-34.
  •  Lathrop, A. & Francis, N. (2011). Children who drill, seldom are ill: The rise and fall of the 'female tradition' in Ontario elementary school physical education curriculum; 1890-1990. Historical Studies in Education, 23 (1), 61-80. 
  • Francis, N. & Lu, C. (2009). The conceptual framework of the Eastern approach in physical education: Ancient wisdom for modern times. Australian Congress of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) Healthy Lifestyles Journal, 56 (2), 23- 27.
  • Mandigo, J., Francis, N., Lodewyk, K. & Lopez, R. (2009). Physical literacy for educators. Physical and Health Education Journal, 75 (3), 27-30.
  • Francis, N., & Kentel, J. (2008). The fun factor: Adolescents’ self-regulated leisure activity and the implications for researchers and practitioners. Leisure/ Loisir: Journal of the Canadian Association for Leisure Studies, 32(1), 65-90
  • Kentel, J. & Francis, N. (2007). Your choice or mine? Gendered perspectives of parental influences on leisure adolescent activities. Avante, 11 (3), 23-36.
  • Francis- Murray, N., Taschuk, H.,& Willoughby, H. (2006). The status of dance as a high school subject in Canada: Teachers’ voices of challenge and celebration. The Physical and Health Education Journal, 72 (3), 26-30.
  • Bosacki, S., Murray, N., & Pollon, D. (2006). Sounds good to me: Canadian children’s perceptions of popular music. Music Education Research, 8 (3), 369- 385.

Published Refereed Abstracts

  • Johnson, A. and Francis, N. Social development of primary aged children through a movement education program, published abstract, Global Summit on the physical activity of children, Toronto, ON. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 2014, 11(Supp. 1), S126-S198© 2014 Human Kinetics, Inc.

Refereed Conference Presentations

  • Fletcher, T. & Francis, N. (May, 2014).  Operationalizing a philosophy: Possibilities for a pedagogical model for physical literacy. PHETE (Physical and Health Education Teacher Education), Canadian Society of Studies in Education (CSSE), St. Catharines, ON.
  • Francis, N. (2013, October). Dance styles, strands, steps = stress! Constructing an elementary school dance curriculum". Physical and Health Education Canada Conference, Winnipeg, MN.
  • Johnson, A., Francis, N., & Cousens, L. (2013, October). Knowledge transfer through one dyadic partnership: Learnings for one post-secondary educational institution and a non-profit organization. Researchers’ Council of Physical and Health Education Canada Conference, Winnipeg, MN.
  • Lorusso, J. & Francis, N. (2013, April). Expert opinions: Fate of Kinesiology and physical education pedagogy. AAHPERD Conference, Charlotte, NC.
  • Lorusso, J., Francis, N. & M. Kilborne. (2013, April). Analysis of physical education curricula: National trends from northern neighbours. AAHPERD Conference, Charlotte, NC.
  • Francis, N & Lorusso, J. (2012, May). Analysis of PE Curriculum across Canada: Themes, trends and implications CUPR (Canadian University Professors and Researchers’ Forum,), PHE (Physical and Health Education) Canada Conference, Halifax, NS.
  • Johnson, A. & Francis, N. (2012, May). The role of pedagogy in achieving physical literacy through recreational programming for children and youth. CUPR, PHE Canada Conference, Halifax, NS.                                  
  • Johnson, A., A. Muir & N. Francis. (2012, May). Creating female friendly pedagogy. PHE Canada Conference, Halifax, NS.
  • Mandigo, J., N. Francis & K. Lodewyk. (2012, March). Physical literacy: Is it the tie that binds us? Research Consortium of the American Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Boston, MASS.
  • Francis, N. & Whitaker- Campbell, T. (2011, June). Understanding physical literacy in Canada. International Physical Literacy Conference, University of Bedfordshire, England.
a portrait of Nancy Francis
Nancy R. Francis

Office: Walker Complex 282
T 905 688 5550 x4366
F 905 688 8364