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Dr Natalie Lander

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Research Fellow

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SoE Arts & Education

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours), Deakin University, 2014

Contact

Biography

Dr Natalie Lander is a an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts and Education, at Deakin University. Her research focus is around developing and delivering evidenced-based teacher education interventions, which aim to improve students’ actual and perceived movement competence; as well as increase physical activity across the school day.

Natalie has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (RMIT University), a Bachelor of Health Science: Honours (H1) (Deakin University), and a PhD (Deakin University). In addition, Natalie has 10 years’ experience as a leading teacher in both primary and secondary schools, and seven years of university teaching experience at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In conjunction with her experience and expertise in education, Natalie has quickly established herself as a noted and productive researcher in the field of teacher education, motor competence and physical activity.

She was the recipient of several awards throughout her PhD candidature, and on completion was awarded the ‘Deakin University Shortlisted award for Alfred Deakin medals for Doctoral Thesis’ and the ACHPER Award of Distinction: Most Outstanding Doctoral research.

Despite being only two years-post-PhD, Natalie has produced a number of key publications, has widely disseminated her research at key international/national conferences, and has been an invited speaker and a symposium discussant/chair. Natalie has also actively lead research, evidenced by her track record of obtaining research funding, and securing industry funding via stakeholder engagement (over $200,000).

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Career highlights

Winner of 2020 Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australasia (CAPHIA) Award for Excellence and Innovation in Public Health Research Team - Transform-Us!

100%  eVALUate Results Trimester 1, 2018

Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) Victoria: Award of Distinction for Most Outstanding Research – Doctoral.

Deakin University Shortlisted Award for Alfred Deakin Medals for Doctoral Theses

Best Presentation: Deakin University School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences HDR Symposium. RACV Club, Melbourne: Australia: 9 September 2016.

North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA):Graduate Student Research Award

Sports Medicine Australia Research Foundation, Graduate Student Research Award

Winner 3MT 2015: Deakin University, School of Health and Social Development

Received the Deakin University, Faculty of Health publication scholarship award

Awarded best Honours Thesis: Deakin University, School of Health and Social Development

Research interests

  • Teacher education
  • Student engagement
  • Physical activity
  • Active pedagogies
  • Perceived and actual Motor Competence
  • Physical Literacy

Teaching interests

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Students:

Natalie has a track record of mentoring honours students (4 students) to successful completion, all of whom received publication and best thesis awards.

Currently she is co supervising three PhD students, all in in the area of school-based interventions to improve student health outcomes.

Teaching Interests:

  • Teaching methodologies
  • Pedagogy and practice
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Motor Development
  • Motor Learning
  • Physical Activity behaviours
  • Health promotion
  • Inclusive education

Knowledge areas

Health and Physical Education

Preservice Teacher Education

Physical Activity Behaviour

Motor Competence

Self-Perception

Conferences

Peer Reviewed Conference papers

  • Lander N., Symington, N & Hoborn V. (2020). Effective teaching strategies for improved perceived and actual movement competence. ACHPER Victoria 2020 Virtual Conference: “Teachers in Action” on 20 – 22 October 2020.
  • Lander, N., Lewis, S., Nahavandi, D., Amsbury, K., Barnett, L.M. (2020). Teacher perspectives of online continuing professional development in physical education. National Assembly of the International Motor Development Research Consortium Virtual Conference (NAIMDRC). October 11-13, 2020.
  • A Essiet, J Salmon , Lander N., M J Duncan., E Eyre., & Barnett, L. (2020). Can teachers assess aspects of children’s physical literacy? A systematic review of rating scales. National Assembly of the International Motor Development Research Consortium Virtual Conference (NAIMDRC). October 11-13, 2020.
  • Barnett, L., Lander N,et al (2020). Physical literacy in children questionnaire (PL-C-Quest) development. National Assembly of the International Motor Development Research Consortium Virtual Conference (NAIMDRC). October 11-13, 2020.
  • Lander, N., Morgan, P., Salmon, J., Symington, N & Barnett, L. (2020). Three-year sustainability of a teacher-led program targeting pre-adolescent girls’ motor competence Virtual Conference. International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA).ISBNPA XChange Initiative June 20-30, 2020.
  • Tietjens, M., Dreiskämper, D. Utesch, T., Schott, N., Holfelder, B., Barnett, L.M., Lander, N. (2018). Cultural perspective on the interaction of actual and perceived motor performance in children. 8th International Congress of Asian-South Pacific Association of Sport Psychology (ASPASP). Keimyung University, Daegu, Korea from June 29 to July 3, 2018.
  • Diao Yucui, Syahrial Bakhtiar, Lander, N (Discussant). Children need skills to be active and they need to think they are skilled: actual and perceived motor skill in children from Asia. International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA). Hong Kong, June 3-6, 2018
  • Lander, L., Mergen, J., Morgan, P., Salmon, J., Barnett, L. (2018). A teacher-led RCT can improve both perceived and actual motor competence adolescent girls’: But the outcomes are not associated! International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA). Hong Kong, June 3-6, 2018
  • Barnett, L.M., Lander, N. Hinkley, T. (Australia) Tietjens, M., Schott, N., Holfelder, B. (Germany). (2018). Cultural perspective on the interaction of actual and perceived motor performance and their correlates in children. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology. North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity. Denver: USA: 18-12 June, 2018 
  • De Messter, A., Barnett, L., Lander, N. A cross-cultural comparison of Australian and Belgian female adolescents’ actual and perceived motor competence. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology. North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity. Denver: USA: 18-12 June, 2018
  • Lander, N., Morgan, P., Salmon, J., & Barnett, L.M. (2017). Engaging Teachers, Motivating Students: A Pilot Clustered Randomised Controlled Trial to Improve Fundamental Movement Skill in Pre-adolescent girls. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology. North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity. San Diego: USA: 4-8 June, 2017.
  • Maher, S., Barnett, L., Lander, N. (2017). Parent proxy report of their children’s fundamental movement skill competency. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology. North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity. San Diego: USA: 4-8 June 2017.

Professional activities

Media appearances

Kids Spend Nearly Three-Quarters of Their School Day Sitting. Here’s How To Get Them Moving — During Lessons.
The Conversation, 26 August 2020.

‘Wearable Tech’ Could Transform how we Teach Children Motor Skills.
Deakin Disruptr, 3 June 2020.

New 'Wearable Tech' Can Improve a Child's Motor Skills.
Deakin University media release, 2 April 2020.

Teachers are Key to Girls' Self-Perception.
Deakin Disruptr, 11 October 2018.

Confidence has Girls Moving. Lander, N (2018). ‘A break-through feature piece’. Geelong Advertiser. November 8, 2018.

Research groups

Deakin University Motor Skill Network

Physical Literacy Reference Group

Awards

2020     Winner of 2020 the Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australasia (CAPHIA) Award for Excellence and Innovation in Public Health Research Team - Transform-Us!
2019     Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: 2019-2020
2018     Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) Victoria: Award of Distinction for Most Outstanding Research – Doctoral
2018     Deakin University Shortlisted Award for Alfred Deakin Medals for Doctoral Theses
2018     Excellence in Teaching Award: eVALUate result of 100% in Trimester 1, 2018, eVALUate result of above 85% in Trimester 2, 2018
2017     Excellence in Teaching Award: eVALUate result of above 85% in Trimester 1, 2017, eVALUate result of above 85% in Trimester 2, 2017
2016     Best Presentation: Deakin University School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences HDR Symposium. RACV Club, Melbourne: Australia: 9 September 2016
2016     North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA):Graduate Student Research Award
2015     Sports Medicine Australia Research Foundation, Graduate Student Research Award
2015     Winner 3MT 2015: Deakin University, School of Health and Social Development
2014     Awarded Deakin University PhD Scholarship
2014     Received the Deakin University, Faculty of Health publication scholarship award
2014     Awarded Best Honours Thesis: Deakin University, School of Health and Social Development
2010-2013    Recipient of the RMIT University Vice Chancellors Award for Outstanding Teaching (GTS of above 86%) in Semesters 1 and 2 for:
Thematic Approach to Teaching Physical Education
Methods of Teaching Physical Education
     Applied Exercise Science

Projects

  • Transfrom-ED! Longitudinal Study (Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Fellowship $10,00)
  • Shifting the Game: Coach Education Program
  • Moving the Next Generation (Phase 2) CI Sports and Recreation Victoria, and YMCA, $60,000 2018/2019
  • Transform-ED! Pilot/Feasibility project, CI Research for Educational Impact (REDI) Industry Collaboration Development Grant, $10,000 2018
  • Transform-ED! Pilot/Feasibility project, CI Research for Educational Impact (REDI) 2017 Small Grants Award $700 2018
  • Moving the Next Generation (Phase 1)
    CI Sports and Recreation Victoria, and YMCA, $34,000, 2017/2018
  • Global Assessment of Children's Motor Competence Deakin  University, School of Health and Social Development Seed funds, $9,450 2017
  • Global Assessment of Children's Motor Competence Deakin University, School of Health and Social Development Seed funds,$8,293 2016
  • Global Assessment of Children's Motor Competence 2015-2016 Universities Australia – Germany Joint Research $25,000 2016 
  • Improving early adolescent girls’ motor skill: A cluster randomized controlled trial, North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA):Graduate Student Research Grant $3,500 2016
  • Improving early adolescent girls’ motor skill: A cluster randomized controlled trial, Sports Medicine Australia Research Foundation, Graduate Student Research Grant, $2,000 2015 
  • Physical Education Teachers perceptions of teaching motor skills to preadolescent girls, Faculty of Health publication scholarship grant, $500 2015

Publications

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2020

Are children with higher self-reported wellbeing and perceived motor competence more physically active? A longitudinal study

E Visser, E Mazzoli, T Hinkley, N Lander, T Utesch, L Barnett

(2020), Vol. 23, pp. 270-275, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

The stability of perceived motor competence of primary school children from two countries over one year

C van Veen, N Schott, N Lander, M Tietjens, T Hinkley, D Dreiskmper, B Holfelder, T Utesch, L Barnett

(2020), Vol. 24, pp. 74-80, Measurement in physical education and exercise science, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Bringing objectivity to motor skill assessment in children

Natalie Lander, Darius Nahavandi, Shady Mohamed, I Essiet, Lisa Barnett

(2020), Vol. 38, pp. 1539-1549, Journal of Sports Sciences, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Conceptualising and testing the relationship between actual and perceived motor performance: a cross-cultural comparison in children from Australia and Germany

Maike Tietjens, Lisa Barnett, Dennis Dreiskmper, Benjamin Holfelder, Till Utesch, Natalie Lander, Trina Hinkley, Nadja Schott

(2020), pp. 1-13, Journal of sports sciences, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Validity and reliability evidence for motor competence assessments in children and adolescents: a systematic review

Ryan Hulteen, Lisa Barnett, Larissa True, Natalie Lander, Borja del Pozo Cruz, Chris Lonsdale

(2020), pp. 1-82, Journal of sports sciences, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Three-year maintenance of a teacher-led programme targeting motor competence in early adolescent girls

N Lander, J Salmon, P Morgan, N Symington, L Barnett

(2020), pp. 1-11, Journal of sports sciences, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Rationalizing teacher roles in developing and assessing physical literacy in children

I Essiet, J Salmon, N Lander, M Duncan, E Eyre, L Barnett

(2020), pp. 1-18, Prospects, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1

journal article
2019

Can a teacher-led RCT improve adolescent girls' physical self-perception and perceived motor competence?

Natalie Lander, Judith Mergen, Philip Morgan, Jo Salmon, Lisa Barnett

(2019), Vol. 37, pp. 357-363, Journal of sports sciences, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

The feasibility and impact of embedding pedagogical strategies targeting physical activity within undergraduate teacher education: Transform-Ed!

N Lander, H Koorts, E Mazzoli, K Moncrieff, J Salmon

(2019), Vol. 5, pp. 1-16, Pilot and feasibility studies, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article
2018

A comparison of parent report and actual motor competence in young children

Stevie-Jo Maher, Nadja Schott, Natalie Lander, Trina Hinkley, Lisa Barnett

(2018), Vol. 65, pp. 387-394, Australian occupational therapy journal, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

The relationship between fundamental movement skills and physical self-perception among adolescent girls

V Rogers, L Barnett, N Lander

(2018), Vol. 6, pp. S378-S390, Journal of motor learning and development, Champaign, Ill., C1

journal article
2017

Characteristics of teacher training in school-based physical education interventions to improve fundamental movement skills and/or physical activity: a systematic review

N Lander, N Eather, P Morgan, J Salmon, L Barnett

(2017), Vol. 47, pp. 135-161, Sports medicine, Cham, Switzerland, C1

journal article

The reliability and validity of two motor skill assessments for use in school settings

Natalie Lander, Natalie Lander, Philip Morgan, Philip Morgan, Jo Salmon, Jo Salmon, Sam Logan, Sam Logan, Lisa Barnett, Lisa Barnett

(2017), Vol. 20, pp. 590-594, Journal of science and medicine in sport, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Physical education teachers' perspectives and experiences when teaching FMS to early adolescent girls

N Lander, L Hanna, H Brown, A Telford, P Morgan, J Salmon, L Barnett

(2017), Vol. 36, pp. 113-118, Journal of teaching in physical education, Champaign, Ill., C1

journal article

Improving early-adolescent girls' motor skill: a cluster randomized controlled trial

N Lander, P Morgan, J Salmon, L Barnett

(2017), Vol. 49, pp. 2498-2505, Medicine and science in sports and exercise, Philadelphia, Pa., C1

journal article
2016

Teachers perceptions of a Fundamental Movement Skill (FMS) assessment battery in a school setting

N Lander, P Morgan, J Salmon, L Barnett

(2016), Vol. 20, pp. 50-62, Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, C1

journal article

Fundamental movement skills: an important focus

L Barnett, D Stodden, K Cohen, J Smith, D Lubans, M Lenoir, S Iivonen, A Miller, A Laukkanen, D Dudley, N Lander, H Brown, P Morgan

(2016), Vol. 35, pp. 219-225, Journal of teaching in physical education, Champaign, Ill., C1

journal article
2015

Physical education teacher training in fundamental movement skills makes a difference to instruction and assessment practices

N Lander, L Barnett, H Brown, A Telford

(2015), Vol. 34, pp. 548-556, Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, C1

journal article

Validity and reliability of field-based measures for assessing movement skill competency in lifelong physical activities: a systematic review

R Hulteen, N Lander, P Morgan, L Barnett, S Robertson, D Lubans

(2015), Vol. 45, pp. 1443-1454, Sports medicine, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article
2014

Interrater reliability assessment using the Test of Gross Motor Development-2

L Barnett, C Minto, N Lander, L Hardy

(2014), Vol. 17, pp. 667-670, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Amsterdam, Neverlands, C1

journal article

Physical education teachers' fundamental movement skill training influences their assessment practices

Natalie Lander, Helen Brown, Amanda Telford, Lisa Barnett

(2014), Vol. 36, pp. S70-S70, Journal of sport and exercise psychology, Champaign, Ill., C1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Moving the next generation Phase 2

A/Prof Lisa Barnett, Dr Natalie Lander

  • 2019: $12,000
  • 2018: $48,000

Industry and Other Funding

Moving the next generation: Dorsavi and Deakin University

A/Prof Lisa Barnett, Dr Natalie Lander

  • 2018: $6,781
  • 2017: $5,000

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report