Section: Overview
Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Skill acquisition
  • Motor learning
  • Motor development
  • Physical education
  • Motor control

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Michael Spittle

Michael Spittle is Associate Professor in Motor Learning and Physical Education, in the College of Sport and Exercise Science. He is also a Research Associate in the Institute for Health and Sport (IHES) 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.

He has conducted a number of funded research projects, contract research, and evaluation projects in physical education, exercise, sport and movement contexts with a range of industry partners.

Michael's research focuses on the learning and development of skills, including in areas such as instructional approaches, instruction in physical education and sport, pre-service physical education teacher training, practice conditions, player development, mental practice and imagery, decision-making, and feedback.

Qualifications

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

Key publications

Year Citation
2020 Malpeli, R., Telford, A., Antom-Hem, L., Spittle, M., Watkins, S., Wild, E., Bakker, D., Whittle, R., Vandervelde, K., & Fender, J. (201021). Fit for Life Year 9 & 10: For the Victorian Curriculum Student Book with 1 x 26 month NelsonNetBook access code (2nd). South Melbourne: Cengage Learning.
2020 Breed, R., & Spittle, M. (200915). Developing Game Sense in Physical Education and Sport. Human Kinetics Publishers.

Year Citation
2020 Lindsay, R. S., Oldham, A. RH., Drinkwater, E. J., Spittle, M., & Storey, A. G. (200101). Effects of personalised motor imagery on the development of a complex weightlifting movement. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology,

doi: 10.1080/1612197X.2020.1817124

2020 Kittel, A., Larkin, P., Elsworthy, N., Lindsay, R., & Spittle, M. (200101). Effectiveness of 360 virtual reality and match broadcast video to improve decision-making skill. Science and Medicine in Football,

doi: 10.1080/24733938.2020.1754449

2019 Kittel, A., Larkin, P., Elsworthy, N., & Spittle, M. (190901). Using 360 virtual reality as a decision-making assessment tool in sport. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 22(9), (1049-1053).

doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2019.03.012

2019 Kittel, A., Larkin, P., Elsworthy, N., & Spittle, M. (190801). Identification of key performance characteristics of elite Australian football umpires. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 14(4), (490-497).

doi: 10.1177/1747954119845071

2019 Kittel, A., Larkin, P., Elsworthy, N., & Spittle, M. (190701). Video-based testing in sporting officials: A systematic review. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 43 (261-270).

doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2019.03.013

2019 Kittel, A., Elsworthy, N., & Spittle, M. (190102). Incorporating perceptual decision-making training into high-intensity interval training for Australian football umpires. Journal of Sports Sciences, 37(1), (29-35).

doi: 10.1080/02640414.2018.1480257

2018 Anderson, D., Breed, R., Spittle, M., & Larkin, P. (180801). Factors Affecting Set Shot Goal-kicking Performance in the Australian Football League. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 125(4), (817-833).

doi: 10.1177/0031512518781265

2018 Breed, R., Mills, O., & Spittle, M. (180308). Can Video-based Perceptual-cognitive Tests Differentiate Between Skill Level, Player Position, and Experience in Elite Australian Football?. Journal of Expertise, 1(1), (79-93).

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Evaluation of the Supporting Victorian Sport and Recreation Program delivered by ACHPER Victoria
From: Australian Council for Health Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER)
Investigators: Dr Sharna Spittle
For period: 2017-2018
Not disclosed

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
2 PhD Associate supervisor
2 PhD Principal supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (2) Associate supervisor
PhD (2) Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Principal supervisor
1 PhD Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Principal supervisor
PhD (1) Associate supervisor

Other supervision of research students

Michael has supervised a number of honours and postgraduate research students at Victoria University, and in his previous positions including Deakin University, and Federation University (the University of Ballarat). He is currently an external supervisor of students at Deakin University, Federation University, and in the College of Arts and Education at VU. Michael has successfully supervised over 30 honours theses, one masters, and five PhD theses.

Teaching activities & experience

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Jan 2012 - Dec 2013
Associate Head of School (Teaching and Learning - Exercise and Sport Science)
Deakin University
Jan 2009 - Dec 2013
Associate Professor
Deakin University
Jan 2002 - Dec 2008
Senior Lecturer
University of Ballarat
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jan 2012 -
Dec 2013
Associate Head of School (Teaching and Learning - Exercise and Sport Science)
Deakin University
Jan 2009 -
Dec 2013
Associate Professor
Deakin University
Jan 2002 -
Dec 2008
Senior Lecturer
University of Ballarat

Professional memberships

  • Member, ACHPER
  • Member, Sports Medicine Australia