Earle Abrahamson

Earle 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, sports 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 programmes that promote reasoning and graduate skills employability.

He currently co-chairs The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL), a multinational teaching fellows interest group.  He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine; served as student liaison officer for the British Association of Sports Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) – an received the honour and status of senior practitioner in sports therapy with the British Register of Complementary Practitioners (BRCP).

Earle is an internationally acclaimed presenter, sought after to deliver seminars and workshops. Earle has worked with partner consultancies to develop best practices and is involved in developing professional and student experiences through active engagement with industry and commercial events.

During 2012 Earle gave his services to LOCOG as an accredited sports massage therapist. He was situated in The Velodrome during The Olympics and in The Athletes Village during The Paralamypics.

Earle is the MTI (Massage Training Institute) Chair and an accredited tutor; is an elected member to the PSB for Massage on the CNHC (The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council) and Vice Chair of the GCMT (The Council for Soft Tissue Therapies). He is also a senior lecturer in sports therapy at the University of East London.

In his spare time Earle enjoys playing cricket & tennis and currently resides in Hertfordshire, UK.

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Qualifications (Academic and Professional)

  • 2015        Emergency Medical First Aid in Sports Diploma
  • 2008       University Teaching Fellow
  • 2006       Vocational Trust Assessor and Verifier Award
  • 2005       Oxford and Cambridge Assessor (A1) and Verifier Awards (V1)
  • 1996        Master of Arts in Sports Educational Psychology (2:1) – University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1995        Neuromuscular technique, MET, PR, and soft tissue therapy Diploma – University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1995        BA Honours in Clinical Psychology (1) – University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1993        B.Phys.Ed with Merit (1) – University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1992        Sports Massage Diploma – University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Other Training and Development

  • 2001-2015 – Every 3 years (Emergency First Aid Qualification)
  • 2012 – MTI Diploma (Level 4) massage therapy – accredited massage tutor for adult learning
  • 2005-2012 – Edexcel quality assurance, external verification, moderation and standardisation training (face to face and on-line centra training)
  • 2012 – Collaborative writing project – International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL)


Membership of Professional Boards and Societies

  • Member of the ISSOTL Student Engagement Interest Group – (2008- present)
  • Co-chair of the ISSOTL Multinational Teaching Fellows Interest Group – (2009- present)
  • Member of the ISSOTL PBL Interest Group – (2008- present)
  • Editorial Board – International Journal of Problem Based Learning
  • Editorial Board – Teaching and Learning Inquiry
  • 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
  • External Examiner – Sports Therapy – Leeds Metropolitan University (appointed June 2012)
  • Elected member for professional standards for massage – Complementary and Natural Health Council – March 2013
  • MTI representative to the CNHC and GMCT
  • Elected Chair of the Massage Training Institute from April 2014

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 students
  • Curriculum Development, troublesome knowledge and academic identity
  • Using student mentorship to engage student learning and direct the student experience
  • Conceptualising Civic Engagement

Publications

  • Abrahamson E.D. (2015) Review of the Euro Scotl 2015 conference. Teaching & Learning Inquiry: The ISSOTL Journal
  • Abrahamson E.D. (2014) Review of the ISSOTL 2014 conference. Teaching & Learning Inquiry: The ISSOTL Journal
  • 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

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  • 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

  • Abrahamson, E.D. and Langston, J (2016) (In Press). Making Sense of 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.

Articles in Massage World

  • Massage in a Mix of Modalities 2013
  • Consent – Do our clients agree? 2014
  • Smart Record Keeping 2014
  • Massage Training Standards 2015
  • Clinical Decision Making 2015
  • Reflective Practice 2015

Webinars

  • Institute of Complementary Medicine – Smart Record Keeping 2015
  • Institute of Complementary Medicine – Becoming professional, Reflective Practice and implicit bias – 2015

Conferences

Papers and Panels

  • Abrahamson , E.D. and D’Sena, P.A. The Scholarship of Civic Engagement – ISSOTL 2015, Melbourne, Australia
  • Abrahamson , E.D. Great Unexpectations a Journey through Student Engagement – ISSOTL 2015, Melbourne, Australia
  • Abrahamson , E.D. and Manarin, K. Lost in Translation – ISSOTL 2015, Melbourne, Australia
  • Abrahamson, E.D. – Neurodynamics of the Anterior Scalene Triangle – CAMEXPO, London 2015
  • Abrahamson, E.D. and Hardie K – The Scholarship of Fellowship – Eurostol, Cork, Ireland (2015)
  • Abrahamson, E.D. and D’Sena, P.A. – Realisation and Conceptualisation of Civic Engagement in a post 92 UK University – Eurostol, Cork, Ireland (2015)
  • Abrahamson, E.D. Shoulder Masterclass, MTI conference, Solihull, 2015
  • Abrahamson, E.D. and Manarin K, Troublesome Knowing and Academic Identity – ISSoTL Conference, Quebec City, Canada (2014)
  • Abrahamson, E.D. and Manarin K, Troublesome Knowing and Academic Identity – ISSOTL Conference, Quebec City, Canada (2014)
  • Abrahamson, E. Kinesiology taping workshop – MTI conference, London 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, MUsing 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. & 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 ecosystemic 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. Ecosystemic 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)

MTI Regional Workshops

  • Wales 2015 – Working with Paralympians
  • Scotland 2015 – Soft Tissue therapeutic techniques for the shoulder
  • Leeds 2015 – Taping Masterclass
  • London 2015 – Reps Training Day – Reflective Practice, Supervision, Professionalism
  • London 2017 – The Spine
  • London 2017 – Seated Massage
  • London 2018 – Sports Taping

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 for Student Engagement for the UK – 2015
  • Higher Education Academy – Senior Fellowship – 2015
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