Luciana Carvalhal Braga

Assistant Professor • of Physical Education

Foundations & Secondary Education • College of Education & Human Services

Areas of Expertise

P-12 Physical Education Curriculum and Instruction

Physical Education Teacher Education

School-based Physical Activity Interventions

 

Education

Ph.D. May 2014 West Virginia University

Coaching and Teaching Studies

Dissertation title: Middle School Students' Perceptions of and Responses to the Inclusion of Culturally Relevant Units in the Physical Education Curriculum

Advisor: Eloise Elliott

Defense date: April 15, 2014

 

M.Ed. May 2009 Framingham State University

International Education

 

B.S. January 2001 Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Physical Education

Biography

I am a physical educator who has a passion for all forms of movement experiences. I believe that school-based physical education is a critical component of youth's motor, cognitive, social, and emotional development and it is this belief that drives all my professional endeavors. In 2001 I earned a Bachelors degree in Physical Education from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. After that I spent ten years teaching P-12 Physical Education at Our Lady of Mercy School, an American school in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  In 2009 I earned a Masters degree in Education from Framingham State University with emphasis on international education. In 2011 I decided I wanted to become a teacher educator and embraced the journey of a doctoral program. In May of 2014 I earned a Ph.D. in Coaching and Teaching Studies from West Virginia University. As a faculty at University of North Florida, I look forward to encouraging physical educators to captivate children and adolescents into active lifestyles through joyful, successful, and meaningful movement experiences. My research interests include the design, implementation, and evaluation of school-based physical activity initiatives aiming at increasing opportunities for children and adolescents to be physically active.

Awards

2014 Physical Education Teacher Education Outstanding Graduate Student – College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences, West Virginia University

2013 Physical Education Teacher Education Outstanding Graduate Student – College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences, West Virginia University

2012 Student Teaching Memorable Moment Essay Contest – 1st place. 2012 National Student Teaching and Field     Experience Conference, Slippery Rock, PA

2011 Honored Teacher Award. Our Lady of Mercy School, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2009 Honored Teacher Award. Our Lady of Mercy School, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2006 Honored Teacher Award. Our Lady of Mercy School, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 

Affiliations

Society of Health and Physical Educators of America (SHAPE America)

National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education (NAKHE)

National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPERID)

Society of Health and Physical Educators of Florida (SHAPE Florida)

Grants and Contracts Awarded

Braga, L. & Elliott, E. Middle School Students Perceptions of the Physical Education Component of a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program. Submitted to the College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences at West Virginia University ($1,570.96) (funded)


Braga, L., Jones, E., Bulger, S. & Elliott, E. Descriptive Analysis of Teacher Engagement in Continuing Professional Development Regarding the Integration of Culturally Relevant Content in School Physical Education. Submitted to the College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences at West Virginia University ($692.00) (funded)
 

Publications & Presentations

Peer Reviewed Publications

 

Braga, L., Tracy, J.F., & Taliaferro, A.R. (in press). Physical activity programs in higher education: Modifying net/wall games to include individuals with disabilities.

 

Braga, L. & Jones, E. (2013). Preparing teacher candidates for preschool physical education. The Field Experiences Journal 11 (2), 1-12.

 

Braga, L. C., & Alves, M. P. (2000). Caffeine as an ergogenic aid for endurance exercises. Rev. Bras. Ciên. e Mov. Brasília v, 8(3).
 

Presentations at Conferences

 

Braga, L. & Liversedge, P. (October, 2014). Becoming a Complete Player. Teaching Sportsmanship in Physical Education. . Presented at the 2014 WVAHPERD Convention, Flatwoods, WV

 

Braga, L., Tracy, J. F., & Taliaferro, A. R. (April, 2014). The Mod Squad: Modifying Net/Wall Games to Promote Inclusion. Presented at the 2014 AAHPERD National Convention, St. Louis, MO

 

Elliott, E., Belcher, D., & Braga, L. (April, 2014). Active Academics. Presented at the 2014 AAHPERD National Convention, St. Louis, MO

 

Braga, L., Jones, E., Bulger, S., &Elliott, E. (January, 2014). Teacher engagement in continuing professional development regarding the integration of culturally-relevant content in school physical education. Presented at the 2014 NAKHE Congress, San Diego, CA

 

Braga, L. (October, 2013). Predisposing factors of youth physical activity behavior. Presented at the 2013 WVAHPERD Convention, Daniels, WV

 

Braga, L. (October, 2013). Using playing cards to teach motor skills and fitness activities in physical education. Presented at the 2013 WVAHPERD Convention, Daniels, WV

 

Braga, L., Liversedge, P., & Wiegand, R. (April, 2013). Teaching team – A modeling approach to field experience supervision. Presented at the 2013 National Student Teaching and Supervision Conference, Slippery Rock, PA

 

Flett, R., Wayda, W., & Braga, L. (April, 2013). Sport coaching education though service-learning and internationalization: WVU and Brazil. Presented at the 2013 AAHPERD National Convention, Charlotte, NC

 

Braga, L. (October, 2012). Hindrances and possibilities for excellence in PK-12 physical education teaching. Presented at the 2012 WVAHPERD Convention, Bridgeport, WV

 

Braga, L. (October, 2012). Tinikling: Integrating world culture, rhythm, and physical fitness in physical education. Presented at the 2012 WVAHPERD Convention, Bridgeport, WV

 

Jones, E.M., Bulger, S.M., Elliott, E., & Braga, L. (October, 2012). Greenbrier CHOICES: Promoting health across school, community, and healthcare settings. Presented at the 2012 NASPE PETE Conference, Las Vegas, NV

 

Braga, L., Equerme, A., & Katz, N. (April, 2012). Preschool physical education: Are we ready? Presented at the 2012 National Student Teaching and Supervision Conference, Slippery Rock, PA

 

Elliott, E., Palmer, S., Ice, C., Belcher, D. & Braga, L. (March, 2011). Physical activity and nutrition: What 5th graders know and say. Poster accepted for presentation at the 2012 AAHPERD National Convention, Boston, MA

 

Braga, L. (November, 2000). Psychomotor development and capoeira: An experience within pre-school children. Poster presented at the 2000 Congress of physical education and sports sciences of the Portuguese speaking countries, Lisbon, Portugal

 

Braga, L. (November 2000). Playing with capoeira: an experience within kindergarten children. Poster presented at the II Latin-American Congress of motor education/ III Brazilian Congress of motor Education, Natal, Brazil
 

Carvalhal BragaContact Information

Building 57, Room 2308

(904) 620-1769

l.braga@unf.edu