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Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Physical education
  • Physical education pedagogy
  • Motor development
  • Growth and motor development
  • Health and physical education curriculum

Available to supervise research students

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About Sharna Spittle

Sharna is a Senior Lecturer of Physical Education and Health in the College of Sport and Exercise Science at Victoria University. She is also the Research Leader for the Skill and Development group in IHES (Institute for Health and Sport).

Sharna’s current research focuses on motor development in children, sport pedagogy, and a range of aspects associated with confidence and motivation in sport and physical education. Sharna has experience evaluating of sport and physical education programs, including projects supporting Victorian Sport and Recreation funded by the Department of Health and Human Services.

She has also worked with a number of sporting organisations, such as the AFL (Australian Football League), to review and develop coaching curriculum for the junior participation programs. In addition, Sharna has developed and delivered curriculum for use of junior coaches in India (Punjab State Institute of Sport).

Qualifications

  • PhD, Victoria University, 2015
  • M.Ed, Deakin University, 2012
  • B.Ed (Physical Education) (Honours), University of Ballarat, 2008
  • G.Cert Tertiary Education, Victoria University, 2013

Key publications

Year Citation
2019 Spittle, S. (190423). Rhythmic and Expressive Movement In McMaster, N. (Ed.) Docklands, VIC: Oxford University Press.

Year Citation
2017 Spittle, M. (170116). Student Course Choice and Career Development: Health and Physical Education and Exercise and Sport Science? The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation.
2015 Spittle, S., & Spittle, M. (150101). Effects of traditional dance curriculum and a pre-packaged rhythmic andexpressive movement package on confidence and motivation of undergraduate physical education students to teach rhythmic andexpressive movement Paper presented at 29th ACHPER International Conference Edited Proceedings : Values into Action : a Brighter Future : 13-15 April 2015, Prince Alfred College, Adelaide, South Australia (pp. 129-137). Adelaide: Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation.
2013 Spittle, S., & Spittle, M. (130101). Pre-service teachers reasons for choosing to specialise in primary physical education (pp. 133-138). Melbourne, Australia: ACHPER.
2013 SPITTLE, M., Ruecker, K., & Spittle, S. (130101). Translating feedback research in a motor learning laboratory into Physical Education practice (pp. 120-125). Melbourne, Australia: ACHPER.
2013 Spittle, S., Spittle, M., & Encel, K. (130101). An examination of pre service teachers' confidence to teach primary physical education (pp. 126-132). Melbourne, Australia: ACHPER.

Year Citation
2020 Oppici, L., Rudd, J., Buszard, T., & Spittle, S. (200301). Efficacy of a 7-week dance (RCT) PE curriculum with different teaching pedagogies and levels of cognitive challenge to improve working memory capacity and motor competence in 8-10 years old children. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, (101675-101675).

doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2020.101675

2016 Spittle, M., & Spittle, S. (160526). Content of curriculum in physical education teacher education: expectations of undergraduate physical education students. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 44(3), (257-273).

doi: 10.1080/1359866X.2015.1080813

2014 Spittle, S., & Spittle, M. (140101). The reasons and motivation for pre-service teachers choosing to specialise in primary physical education teacher education. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 39(5),

doi: 10.14221/ajte.2014v39n5.5

2013 Panchuk, D., Spittle, M., Johnston, N., & Spittle, S. (130601). Effect of practice distribution and experience on the performance and retention of a discrete sport skill. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 116(3), (750-760).

doi: 10.2466/23.30.PMS.116.3.750-760

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 Auskick Centre of the Future
From: AFL Research Funds
Investigators: Dr Toni Hilland, Aspr Camilla Brockett
For period: 2017-2017
Not disclosed
Evaluation of the Supporting Victorian Sport and Recreation Program delivered by ACHPER Victoria
From: Australian Council for Health Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER)
Investigators: Aspr Michael Spittle
For period: 2017-2018
Not disclosed

Enhancing physical literacy in children from low socioeconomic background.
From: Medicare Local Grant - MRNWMML
Investigators: Dr Damian Farrow, Prof Remco Polman, Prof Andrew Mcainch
For period: 2014-2015
$169,693

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Jun 2015 - Jun 2019
Senior Lecturer
Victoria University
Jun 2010 - Jun 2015
Lecturer
Victoria University
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jun 2015 -
Jun 2019
Senior Lecturer
Victoria University
Jun 2010 -
Jun 2015
Lecturer
Victoria University