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
2022 Spittle, S. (220502). Sport facility management In Lopez, de. (Ed.) Quindio, Colombia: Editorial Kinesis.
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).

Year Citation
2022 Spittle, S., Spittle, M., Encel, K., & Itoh, S. (221129). Confidence and motivation to teach primary physical education: A survey of specialist primary physical education pre-service teachers in Australia. Frontiers in Education, 7

doi: 10.3389/feduc.2022.1061099

2022 Kittel, A., Spittle, M., Stevens, C., & Spittle, S. (221101). A snapshot of content delivery in Australian Exercise and Sport Science undergraduate programs. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 25 (S17-S17).

doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2022.09.147

2022 Spittle, S., Spittle, M., & Itoh, S. (220712). Outsourcing Physical Education in Schools: What and Why Do Schools Outsource to External Providers?. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, 4

doi: 10.3389/fspor.2022.854617

2022 Spittle, S., Watt, A. P., & Spittle, M. (220503). Development and Initial Validation of the Confidence and Motivation to Teach Primary Physical Education Questionnaire. Frontiers in Education, 7

doi: 10.3389/feduc.2022.840629

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

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: ISEAL, Australian Council for Health Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER)
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

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Associate supervisor

Currently supervised 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