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Associate Professor Michael Spittle

BAppSc Physical Education, BAppSc Honours (VicMelb), GradDip Psychological Studies, GradCert Higher Ed, MEd (Deakin), PhD (VicMelb)

Discipline Group Leader Physical Education, Health and Sport Coaching; Director Learning and Teaching, College of Sport and Exercise Science

Michael Spittle is Associate Professor in Motor Learning and Physical Education, Discipline Leader in Physical Education, Health and Sport Coaching, and Director of Learning and Teaching in the College of Sport and Exercise Science at Victoria University (VU).

He teaches and researches in the areas of motor learning, skill acquisition and motor development at VU, and has previously held academic positions at the University of Ballarat and Deakin University.

Michael has an undergraduate degree and honours in physical education and a PhD in motor learning and skill acquisition. He has also completed graduate study in psychological studies and education.

In addition to being an author of numerous journal articles and conference publications, he has written several textbooks on skill acquisition in physical education and sport.

Michael's research focuses on the learning and development of skills, with particular focus on instructional approaches such as games sense, instruction in physical education and sport, pre-service physical education teacher training, practice conditions, mental practice and imagery, and feedback.

Publications

Refereed journal articles

Fox, A.S., Bonacci, J., McLean, S.G., Spittle, M., & Saunders, N. (2016). A Systematic Evaluation of Field-Based Screening Methods for the Assessment of Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury Risk. Sports Medicine, 46(5):715-35. doi: 10.1007/s40279-015-0443-3.

Larkin, P., Mesagno, C., Berry, J., & Spittle, M. (2016). Exploration of the perceptual-cognitive processes that contribute to in-game decision-making of Australian football umpires. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, DOI: 10.1080/1612197X.2016.1167760.

Larkin, P., Mesagno, C., Spittle, M., & Berry, J. (2015). An evaluation of video-based training programs for perceptual-cognitive skill development. A systematic review of current sport-based knowledge. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 46, 555-586.  doi: 10.7352/IJSP2015.46.555.

Spittle, S., & Spittle, M. (2015). Content of curriculum in physical education teacher education: Expectations of undergraduate physical education students. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1359866X.2015.1080813.

Tangalos, C., Robertson, S., Spittle, M., & Gastin, P.B. (2015). Predictors of individual player match performance in junior Australian football. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/ijspp.2014-0428.

Books

Spittle. M. (2013). Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition: Applications for Physical Education and Sport. Palgrave-MacMillan. ISBN: 9781420256758 (ISBN-10: 1420256750).

Telford, A., Stonehouse, C., Wild, E., Fender, J., Vandervelde, K., Anton-Hem, L., Spittle, M., Whittle, R., Malpeli, R., & Watkins, S. (2016). Nelson Fit for Life! Year 9 & 10: Health and Physical Education for the Victorian Curriculum Student Book . South Melbourne, Vic: Nelson Cengage Learning. ISBN: 9780170376211.

Telford, A., Stonehouse, C., Wild, E., Fender, J., Vandervelde, K., Anton-Hem, L., Spittle, M., Whittle, R., Malpeli, R., & Watkins, S. (2016). Nelson Fit for Life! Year 9 &10: Health and Physical Education for the Victorian Curriculum Workbook.  South Melbourne, Vic: Nelson Cengage Learning. ISBN: 9780170376228.

Telford, A., Maharaj, C., Wild, E., Fender, J., Vandervelde, K., Anton-Hem, L., Spittle, M., Whittle, R., Malpeli, R., & Watkins, S. (2015). Nelson Fit for Life! Student Book Years 9, 10: Health and Physical Education. South Melbourne, Vic: Nelson Cengage Learning. ISBN-13:9780170261524.

Breed, R. & Spittle, M. (2011). Developing Game Sense Through Practical Learning: A Resource for Teachers and Coaches. Melbourne: Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9781107600447 (ISBN-10: 1107600448)

View Michael's publications on the VU Research Repository.

Teaching responsibilities

Coordination

Postgraduate research students and fellows

Michael currently supervises or co-supervises a number of PhD and Honours students in motor learning and skill acquisition.

Completions

32 Honours students, six PhD students.

Current supervision

Supervision of three PhD students, co-supervision of five PhD students.

Research grants

Associate Professor Spittle has been a leader of or contributor to a range of academic and research consultancy projects in physical education and exercise and sports science.

  • Evaluation of the Out of School Hours Sport Program. Funded by VicHealth and the Australian Sports Commission (ASC).
  • Parental Perceptions of Sports Injury Risk. Funded by VicHealth.
  • Reflecting on the Tribes TLC process’ Evaluation Project. Funded by the Department of Education.
  • Evaluation of the Sport Leadership Grants for Women. Funded by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC).
  • Examining the AFL Junior Match Policy for recruitment and retention. Funded by the Australian Football League (AFL).
  • Supporting Victorian Sport and Recreation Program. Supported by ACHPER and Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV).

Professional memberships

Areas of expertise

  • Physical Education
  • Motor learning
  • Skill acquisition
  • Motor development
  • Sport psychology

Contact details

+61 3 9919 9512