Our group members have expertise in a variety of research areas.
Please see their individual profiles for research interests and supervision experience.
HDR students work on a range of research projects across health and physical education research areas.
|Parental involvement in primary sexuality education||Claire Stonehouse|
|Reimagining physical educators’ identities: the role of PETE courses in challenging stereotypical anti-intellectual physical education teacher identities||Jacqui Peters|
|Pre-service health and physical education teachers: emerging professional identities||Adrian Farnham|
|Women’s sport participation in the UAE: a case study||Niloofar Rouhani|
|Learning through lesson study: an integrated approach to challenge underachievement||Rhona Leonard|
|Perspectives of new nurses learning to apply interpersonal skills to practice||Terry Weblemoe|
|Learning to be Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) educators||Christine Shulz|
|Emergent writing and feedback: using iPads for writing goals in a prep classroom||Jessica Kearney (Med)|
|Comparing whole-school approaches to wellbeing in three different Victorian school settings||Jack Greig (Med)|
|Sexuality education: a comparison of China and Australia||Claire Yan (Med)|
|Does motor skill ability predict positive motor self-perceptions in young children one year later? A longitudinal study||Carmen Van Veen (Med)|
|Queering kinship: a sibling’s coming out||Samara van Toldeo (Med)|
|Exploring emotional wellbeing with young people||Sarah Clark|
Turning them on: engaging young people in disrupting silences about their sexual wellbeing
This project is in its final year. The research has focused on engaging young people in sexuality education, and examined the role of student participation in the development of effective school-based sexuality education.
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Research team: Johnson, B., Harrison, L., Ollis, D., Coll, L Calabretto, H. McLaughlin, C. & Flentje, J. (2013)
Funding: ARC Linkage Grant Scheme with UniSA, Deakin University and Shine SA
Social media practices in health education: experts, teachers and students
This project focuses on ideas of knowledge and practice related to food and health education afforded by social media including Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat. Outcomes will include teacher education and resource development and community events. The project is currently in development and pilot stage.
Research team: Hendry, N. & Welch, R. (2017–2020)
Respectful relationships in primary schools
This is a new research project that aims to examine the implementation of respectful relationships education in 20 primary schools in Victoria and Queensland.
Research team: Keddie, A. and Ollis, D. (2017–2019)
Funding: Our Watch
Improving regional low-SES students’ learning and wellbeing
This study aims to address the learning and wellbeing needs of over 7000 predominantly low socio-economic status students in regional Australia by researching the conditions that enable a successful curricular and wellbeing program to be refined and extended.
Research team: Prain, V., Tytler, R., Deed, C., Myers, N., Blake, D., Muir, T., Farrelly, C., Mooney, A, Thomas, D. & Swabey, K. (2016–2019)
Funding: ARC Linkage Project
This proposal aims to develop a new objective assessment, using sensor wear technology, for motor skill performance. The assessment will be suitable for use by teachers in schools, coaches, and others who work with youth.
Research team: Barnett, L & Lander N. (2017)
Funding: A partnership grant with Dorsa Vi, Sport and Recreation Victoria YMCA
Skill and physical self-concept related to physical activity, fitness, executive function and wellbeing
This project aims to investigate how actual skill (using the abbreviated skill measure) and physical self-concept relate to physical activity, fitness, executive function and wellbeing.
We will assess physical activity (using accelerometers), fitness and wellbeing in 150 children, and then examine associations between physical activity, fitness wellbeing and physical self-concept.
Research team: Barnett, L., Hinkley, T & Lander, N. (2015–2017)
Swim lesson models: effectiveness and impact study, Peninsula Aquatic and Recreation Centre
This longitudinal project focuses on identifying how swim schools can best deliver learn-to-swim programs that enable primary school age students to be confident, comfortable and happy in deep water, and able to swim 50 metres and retain those skills after learn-to-swim lessons.
Research team: Moncrieff, K & Peters, J.
The professionalisation of women’s cricket: new times and new opportunities
This project explored the professionalisation of women’s’ cricket by examining the barriers, enablers and recommendation for education strategies to address the barriers.
Research team: Hickey, C., Harrison, l., Ollis, D. & Mooney, A. (2014–2016)
Funding: Australian Cricketer’s Association (ACA) and Cricket Australia (CA)
For more information about health and physical education research, please contact Debbie Ollis.
Associate Professor of Education (Health and Physical Education)
+61 3 9244 6409