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Shane worked for 19 years as a science and physical education teacher in schools in Perth and Adelaide; holding leadership positions including HPE Coordinator, Sport Coordinator, Year Level Coordinator, Director of School Administration and Deputy Principal. At Flinders University he lectures in curriculum studies, physical education and sport pedagogy. He has been program coordinator for the Secondary Education degree programs, Research Higher Degrees, and the Sport, Health and Physical Education Programs Leader. Shane is the author of six resource books on the concept of Play with Purpose using a Game Sense approach for PE teaching and sport coaching. He has also published the text Perspectives on Athlete Centred Coaching. Shane has worked with community, state and national sport organisations on coach education and/or resource development: Cricket Australia, National Rugby League, Tennis Australia, the Australian Football League (AFL), the South Australian Football League (SANFL), South Australian Cricket Association (SACA), Lacrosse Australia, and the South Australian Institute for Sport (SASI). He has also worked with Australian Sports Commission/Sport Australia, the SACE Board, and the State Education Department. Shane's expertise is widely sough as a speaker and consultant,nationally and internationally, including twice keynoting the AFL National Coaching Conference. Shane has been president of the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) at state and national levels, and he is a Fellow and Life Member of ACHPER. He has published over 100 scholarly and academic papers, and Shane is an award winning teacher and coach educator, including a prestigious Australian OLT Award for Teaching Excellence.

Research Interests

  • Curriculum Leadership
  • Education leadership
  • School leadership
  • Sport Coaching
  • Physical Education and Sport pedagogy/instructional strategies
  • Physical Education and Sport Curriculum Models, particularly TGFU/Game Sense and Sport Education
  • Quality Teaching


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