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carolyn_jenkinsProfessional Practice Fellow
BPhEd, MPhEd, PGDipTertT (Otago)
Tel 64 3 479-7687


Carolyn Jenkins has been an academic staff member at the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences since February 2000. She has held positions at Age Concern, Sport Otago, and South Link Health before taking up her present position. She initiated, coordinated and implemented physical activity programmes, classes, groups and events for targeted groups of the community. In particular, frail elderly, older adults, mothers with young children, and people with medical conditions were sectors of the population whom she assisted with becoming more active.



Ms Jenkins' research interests lie within the broad area of 'the processes of assisting people to become more active'. Her masters research investigated the issues and barriers that first-time mothers faced when attempting to resume their exercise. This work was funded and supported by Sport Otago, Dunedin City Council, Active Otago, and the Otago Plunket Society. Following her masters she was involved in the quantitative and qualitative physical activity assessments in the Tai Chi Falls Prevention research project funded by ACC.

Carolyn also has scholarly interest in student learning and therefore in 2008 completed a Postgraduate diploma in Tertiary Teaching with the assistance of a CALT grant. More recently, Carolyn has been accepted into a professional education programme, which she is completing via distance at the University of Waikato. This masters by coursework qualification provides opportunities to develop professional and communication skills and is well-grounded in poststructuralist and social constructionist theories.


Jenkins, C., Stein, S., & Handcock, P. (2008). Experiences of clinical exercise prescription students in a cooperative learning case meeting context. In C. Bond & R. Spronken-Smith (Eds.), Proceedings of the Spotlight on Teaching at Otago Conference. (pp. 24). Dunedin, New Zealand: HEDC, University of Otago. [Abstract] Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Jenkins, C., Handcock, P., Burrows, L., & Hodge, K. (2006). Exercise barriers faced by first-time mothers. New Zealand College of Midwives Journal, 35, 6-11. Journal - Research Article

Forsyth, G., Handcock, P., Rose, E., & Jenkins, C. (2005). Fitness instructors: How does their knowledge on weight loss measure up? Health Education Journal, 64(2), 154-167. Journal - Research Article

Jenkins, C. (2005, May). Postnatal exercise information and advice: A gap in the system? Verbal presentation at the Kawea ake te wero - Call to Action: Inaugural Public Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand. Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Jenkins, C., Handcock, P., & Burrows, L. (2005). Postnatal exercise: The mother's wellbeing is important too [Letter]. New Zealand Medical Journal, 118(1217). Retrieved from Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

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