Phil Doecke is the director of the Bachelor of Education (Primary Education and Disability Studies) and currently lectures in Physical Education in the Teacher Education Program.
Phil Doecke is the director of the Bachelor of Education / Bachelor of Applied Science (Disability) program. He has recently re-developed this program as the Bachelor of Education (Primary Education and Disability Studies) specialisation, which commenced successfully in 2014. The courses he teaches are methods classes in primary school physical education for pre-service teachers in the Bachelor of Education and Master of Teaching Practice.
Given the growing concern and need for increased quality physical activity in schools across the state and the country, Phil and his associates provide classes that 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 wellbeing. This is the best possible model for their future classroom learners.
Phil coordinates the core Teaching Physical Education course (first-year students), the fourth year Coaching Primary School Children in Sport, and Organising and Implementing Primary Schools Camps elective courses.
He supervises and examines postgraduate research students in the field of Curriculum and Education, especially where physical activity, sports or socio-cultural themes pervade, or issues relating to disability education.
EGFM, Education, Health And Fitness, Obesity, Physical Activity, Physical Education, Sports Education
- Teacher education in disability and special education
- deliberation on challenges faced in disability and special education in Australian and global societies and cultures
- political, social and cultural impacts upon the development of authentic curriculum in disability and special education
- Understanding teaching and learning, curriculum development and teacher education in physical education and health education in the 21st century
- How are individual, community and society 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 wellbeing.
- Socio-cultural issues impacting physical activity
- Identification 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.
- Disability and special education advocacy and education groups.
- Shared project development with Architecture and Design in projects aiming to improving learning and learning spaces for learners with disabilities
- Participate in discourse with interested professionals in Australia, the USA, 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.
South Australia CAE
B.Ed Darwin IT
Grad Dip Theology (in Education) Lutheran Teachers College
M. Ed Northern Territory University
- Consultant: Curriculum Corporation International, Physical Education Technical advisor
- 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
- Member: Australian Association for Special Education (AASE) since 2014.
Grants and awards received
- 2011, Department of Education, Employment & Workplace Relations Award ($13500) to lecturer and five pre service teachers to undertake professional practice placement in the Cook Islands
- 2011, Learning & Teaching Award. Internationalisation of the Curriculum. College of Design & Social Context; School of Education, RMIT University
- 2008, Ian Potter Foundation Conference Award, matched by RMIT University School of Education Research Committee ($4500)
- 2006, RMIT University Emerging Researcher Grant, to investigate physical education in South Pacific Islands nations ($5000).
- 2004, Biola University research conference Pre-Olympic Congress, Thessaloniki, Greece
- 1987, Northern Territory Government Postgraduate Research Scholarship
- 1997, Australia Postgraduate Research Award covering all expenses related to undertaking and completing doctorate
- Fourth International Teaching Games for Understanding Conference 'Understanding Games: Enhancing Learning in Teaching and Coaching'. Funded by: Ian Potter Foundation Grant pre-2014 from (2008 to 2008)
- Doecke, P. (2017). Contemporary special education In: Global Learning in the 21st Century, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
- Doecke, P. (2016). Meeting the need for special education teacher education: Universities can make it difficult In: International Journal of Technology and Inclusive Education, 5, 842 - 849