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Michael Spittle is Associate Professor in Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. Michael teaches and researches in the areas of motor learning, motor development, and skill acquisition in physical education and sport. He is currently supervising a number of honours and postgraduate student projects in these areas and has written several textbooks on skill acquisition in sport and physical education. Michael is currently Associate Head of School (Teaching and Learning – Exercise and Sports Science).
Associate Head of School (Teaching and Learning – Exercise and Sports Science).
Unit Chair HSE204 Motor Learning and Development
School liaison for Health and Physical Education
Supervisor of Honours, Masters and PhD students
Associate Professor Spittle’s research focuses on the learning and development of skills in movement contexts such as in physical education, junior sport, and elite sport. Michael has presented and published extensively both nationally and internationally. He is co-author of the books “Imagery in Sport”, published by Human Kinetics and “Developing Game Sense Through Tactical Learning: A Resource for Teachers and Coaches” published by Cambridge University Press. He is currently writing a textbook for undergraduate students in exercise and sport science and physical education, “Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition: Applications for Physical Education and Sport”, with Palgrave MacMillan Publishers.
Australian Council for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (ACHPER)
Victorian Cricket Coaches Association (VCAA)
Sports Medicine Australia (SMA)
Associate Professor Spittle holds several positions and memberships within the School, Faculty, and Externally including:
• Associate Head of School (Teaching and Learning – Exercise and Sports Science)
• School Executive Committee
• Faculty and School Teaching and Learning Committees
• Centre for Exercise and Sports Science (C-ESS) Executive
• Deputy Chair Faculty Admission, Access, and Equity Committee
• Exercise and Sports Science Course Team
• Health and Physical Education Tertiary Alliance Committee
• ACHPER Tertiary Head of Department Committee
• Bachelor of Health and Physical Education Advisory Board
• Exercise and Sports Science Advisory Board
• Morris, T., Maher, R., Fazel, F., Azizuddin Khan, T.K., Kuan, G., & Spittle, M. (2012). Can optimal imagery training be examined using a dose-response protocol? International Convention on Science, Education & Medicine in Sport, Glasgow, UK, 19 - 24 July.
• Cates, T., Malcolm, S., & Spittle, M. (2011). A qualitative thematic analysis: identification of factors related to the engagement of children in physical activity. Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport (ACSMS). Fremantle, Western Australia, 19 - 22 October . (** Award for best poster presentation in health promotion and physical activity – Tanya Cates).
• Larkin, P., Berry, J., Mesagno, C., &Spittle, M. (2011). Video-based training to improve umpire decision-making. Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport. Fremantle, Australia.19-22 October.
• Leung, M.C.M, Spittle, M., Pearce, A.J., & Kidgell, D.J. (2011). Corticospinal excitability following motor imagery of a strength training task: Effects on the cross-transfer of strength. 10th Motor Control & Human Skill Conference, Human Movement Science, Curtin University. Mandurah, Perth. 29 November - 2 December 2011. (** Dennis Glencross Young Scholar Award – Michael Leung)
• McNeil, D.G., Spittle, M., & Mesagno, C. (2011). Training perceptual skills: Using imagery to improve choice reaction time performance. Paper presented at 6th Asian South Pacific Association of Sport Psychology Conference, Taipei, Taiwan, November 11-19.
• Morris, T., Spittle, M., & Fazel, F. (2011). The Role of Imagery Perspective Training in Promoting the Effectiveness of Imagery Use. Paper presented at 6th Asian South Pacific Association of Sport Psychology Conference, Taipei, Taiwan, November 11-19.
• Spittle, M. Petering, F., Kremer, P., & Spittle, S. (2011). Stereotypes and perceptions of physical education pre-service teachers. Paper presented at 27th International ACHPER Conference, Adelaide, 18-20 April.
• Spittle, M., Kennedy, M. & Spittle, S. (2011). Use and beliefs around teaching styles in secondary physical education. Paper presented at 27th International ACHPER Conference, Adelaide, 18-20 April.
• Spittle, M., Kennedy, M., & Spittle, S. (2011). Frequency of teacher augmented feedback in secondary physical education. Paper presented at 27th International ACHPER Conference, Adelaide, 18-20 April.
• Spittle, S., Watt, A., & Spittle, M. (2011). The development of a questionnaire to measure the confidence of teachers to teach primary school physical education. Paper presented at 27th International ACHPER Conference, Adelaide, 18-20 April.