Section: Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching

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

Available for media queries

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).


  • 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, S., & Spittle, M. (170118). Why teach primary school physical education? Factors influencing motivation to teach primary physical education for physical education specialist and non-specialist in-service and pre-service teachers Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER).
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.
2016 Watt, A., & Spittle, S. (160604). Evaluating Models of Teacher Confidence and Motivation in the Field of Primary Physical Education In Zach, S. ;. (Ed.), Paper presented at Book of abstracts : the 4th Wingate Congress of Exercise and Sport Sciences : in collaboration with the Olympic Committee of Israel, The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) and Meir Medical Center,. Academic College at Wingate.
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.

Year Citation
2021 Rudd, J., Buszard, T., Spittle, S., O'Callaghan, L., & Oppici, L. (210301). Comparing the efficacy (RCT) of learning a dance choreography and practicing creative dance on improving executive functions and motor competence in 6-7 years old children. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 53

doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2020.101846

2021 Keshkar, S., Dickson, G., Ahonen, A., Swart, K., Addesa, F., Epstein, A., Dodds, M., Schwarz, E. C., Spittle, S., & Wright, R. (210101). The Effects of Coronavirus Pandemic on the Sports Industry: An Update. Annals of Applied Sport Science, 9(1), (1-23).

doi: 10.29252/aassjournal.964

2020 Oppici, L., Rudd, J. R., Buszard, T., & Spittle, S. (200901). 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, 50

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

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, ISEAL
Other investigators: Dr Jason Berry, Aspr Camilla Brockett, Dr Toni Hilland
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), ISEAL
Other investigators: Aspr Michael Spittle
For period: 2017-2018
Not disclosed

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Associate supervisor

Key academic roles

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