Dr Phil Doecke
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Design & Social Context
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Phil Doecke lectures in Health Education and Physical Education in the Teacher Education Program. The courses he teaches are methods classes in primary school physical education and health education for pre-service teachers in the BEd and GradDipPrimary Education programs. Given the growing concern and need for increased quality physical activity in schools across the state and the country, his associates and he provide classes which are well planned, safe, busy and enjoyable, ensuring that all students are active, involved and included. The purpose is for learners to become more self-aware and reliant in meeting the best possible outcomes for health and well-being. – being the best possible model for their future classroom learners.
He coordinates the core Teaching Physical Education for Understanding course (1st year students) and the fourth year Coaching Primary School Children in Sport elective course. He team teaches in the core course Promoting Health Education, and the elective courses: Movement Skills Acquisition in Physical Education, and Organising and Implementing Primary Schools Camps.
He supervises and examines postgraduate research students in the field of Curriculum and Education, especially where physical activity, sports or socio-cultural themes pervade.
TPTC Ballarat, Dip.Teach, South Australia CAE, B.Ed Darwin IT, Grad Dip Theology Lutheran Teachers College, M.Ed Northern Territory University, PhD QUT.
Consultant: Curriculum Corporation International, Physical Education Technical advisor
Member: International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport & Dance, since 1992
By Appointment: ICHPER*SD Physical Education at Tertiary Level Commission, 1995
Member: Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER), since 1987
Member: California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (CAHPERD), since 2003
Member: Christian Society for Kinesiology & Leisure Studies (CSKLS), since 2002.
Research and scholarships
- Phil’s research interests revolve around
- Understanding teaching and learning, curriculum development and teacher education in physical education and health education in the 21st century
- How are individual’s, community’s and society’s needs met through effective teacher education and responsible curriculum development in a changing world?
- Capacity building and identifying needs in physical education and health education across the nations of the South Pacific and other emerging regions
- Visits to some countries of the South Pacific region show that physical education is not taught well, if taught at all; there are few trained physical education teachers and comprehensive and systematic programs in schools
- Adolescent and children’s health in the region is experiencing reducing levels of good health, including less exposure to quality physical activity
- Physical education and sports programs in schools can go some way in contributing to children’s and youth’s improved health and well-being.
- Socio-cultural issues impacting physical activity
- Identifying and analyses of issues within ‘sport and spirituality’
- There are several intriguing dimensions to how sport is inseparably linked to spirituality in the elite Australian sports’ context.
- Participate in discourse with interested professionals in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the South Pacific in unfolding socio-cultural issues which impact the teaching of physical education in regional schools, to meet physical activity and health needs. This is with a view to developing a research project to identify and bring together regional experts, who collaborate in the development of a regional curriculum to enrich healthy physical education in the regions’ schools.
- School of Education’s registered supervisors’ panel member; thesis examiner
- Currently supervising one PhD by Project student; one international PhD research student [enrolled to commence 2009]
Biola University $5000 research conference
Northern Territory Government Postgraduate Research Scholarship
Australia Postgraduate Research Award covering all expenses related to undertaking and completing doctorate
2006, RMIT University Emerging Researcher Grant, to investigate physical education in South Pacific Islands nations ($5000).
2008, Ian Potter Foundation Conference Award, matched by RMIT University School of Education Research Committee ($4500)
Published papers and reviews
Doecke, Ph.J. (2006) Reviewed Schempp, P.G. (2003), Book Review:
Teaching Sport and Physical Activity: Insights on the Road to
Excellence. In European Physical Education Review, 2006, 12: pp.231-
233. Refereed review.
Conferences and in-service presentations
Doecke, Ph.J. (2008) Seeking Games for Meaning in the South Pacific
Islands. Presentation to the Teaching Games for Understanding Fourth
Conference (AISSEP), University of British Columbia, Vancouver May
14 – 17, 2008. Unpublished, refereed presentation.
Doecke, Ph.J. & Faidy, L. (2007) Student-Lecturer Mentorship:
Stresses and Successes for an Undergraduate Project. Presentation to
the Partnerships for World Graduates Conference, AIC2007, RMIT
University, November 28 – 30, 2007, Melbourne. Unpublished,
Spirituality, Athletic Welfare and Well-being Through Australian Sport
Chaplaincy, (2007) Abstract for Paper presented at Inaugural
International Conference on Sport & Spirituality, York St John
University, York, UK (August 2007). Half funding received from RMIT
School of Education Research Committee. Unpublished, refereed
Describing an Authentic Physical Education Curriculum in Local and
International Contexts, (2006) ACHPER (Vic) Health & Physical
Education Conference, Monash University, Victoria. Unpublished,
Physical Education in the South Pacific Islands Nations: A Qualitative
Overview of Curriculum Development, Teaching and Learning, (2006)
RMIT School of Education Research Seminar.
Home-schoolers on the Move: Physical Education for Home-schooled
Children, (2005) CSKLS Conference, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa,
California. Unpublished, refereed presentation.
A Miscarried Curriculum: Hegemonic Effects of Colonialism on a
Developing Nation’s Physical Education Curriculum, (2004) ICSSPE Pre-
Olympic Congress, Thessaloniki, Greece. Unpublished, refereed
Sun Safety for California PE Teachers & Students, (2004) Joint
presentation, CAHPER Conference, Pasadena, California. Unpublished,
not refereed presentation.
Physical Education in Australia: The Last Twenty Years,(2003) CSKLS
Conference, Redeemer University College, Ancaster, Ontario, Canada.
Unpublished, not refereed presentation.