Barrie Gordon

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Associate Professor School of Education


Teaching in 2020

Research interests

Sport and physical education pedagogy, Sport in society, Positive Youth Development, Healthy Lifestyles, Teaching personal and social responsibility through sport and physical education Teaching Games for Understanding (TGFU)as a pedagogical approach to teaching physical education and sport The influences of sport on affective development


TTC, DipPE Otago, MA Ohio St, PhD Massey


Barrie is a senior lecturer in health and physical education at Victoria University of Wellington (appointed 2007). He initially spent 14 years as a physical education teacher in New Zealand. In 1992 he gained a MA from the Ohio State University in adapted physical education and physical education pedagogy. He subsequently lectured at Massey University College of Education from 1994 to 2007. Barrie completed his PhD “An examination of the responsibility model in a New Zealand secondary school physical education programme” in 2007.

In 2013, Barrie was awarded a Fulbright Scholar award to complete a research project on a Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility Model based afterschool leadership programme for boys at risk. During this time Barrie was based at the Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.

Barrie is a member of the editorial board of The Journal of Teaching in Physical Education.

Principal investigator of a Government funded research/evaluation the Billy Graham youth development boxing academies.

Research mentor for visiting Fulbright teachers. 2015, 2016, 2017.

Barrie has presented a number of public lectures including:

University of Sherbrooke, Qubec, Canada (2013). Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility through physical education: The New Zealand experience. This presentation was streamed live to 13 Canadian universities. Available at

Northern Illinois University (2013). Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility through physical education: The New Zealand experience. Sponsored by the Northern Illinois University Collaboration on Early Adolescence.

Victoria University of Wellington (2013). Sport, physical education and the promotion of positive socialisation: Fact, fallacy or simply wishful thinking.

Current research

Co-director: International research project involving academics from the USA, Canada and New Zealand examining the professional development of practitioners in the Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility (TPSR) Model.

Lead investigator: Examination of a one year implementation of the TPSR model in two New Zealand secondary school physical education programmes (2014).

Researcher in a four university research project examining the reality of physical education practice in in New Zealand primary schools.

2017 International research project.

Social and emotional learning in physical education: A cross-cultural analysis.

PI: Professor Paul Wright [Northern Illinois University], Dr Jim Ressler [Northern Illinois University], Dr Barrie Gordon [Victoria University of Wellington], Dr Shirley Gray [University of Edinburgh].

Present Supervision

Do Ha Thi Thu (PhD) An examination of a youth centre for juvenile offenders in Vietnam.

Lloyd Martin (EdD) Wounded learners in education.

Julia Watkins (MEd) The impact of reading about mindfulness on participants.

I am interested in supervising postgraduate and PHD thesis research in the areas of positive youth development, secondary education, health and physical education and sport and society.

Keynote Presentations

Gordon, B. (2018) Character development through adventure education, a New Zealand and international perspective. International Conference for the 7th East Asian Alliance of Sport Pedagogy and Adventure Physical Education, Taiwan.

Gordon, B. (2017). Quality Physical Education—addressing the needs of the “whole child”. ACHPER South Australia health and physical education primary years conference. Adelaide:Australia.

Gordon, B. (2016.) Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility in school physical education—the New Zealand experience. ACHPER South Australian health and physical education conference. Adelaide:Australia


2016 reviewer of the year for the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education.

Fulbright senior scholar award (2012)

Sabbatical Visitors

Dr Gordon hosted Dr Jim Ressler from the Northern Illinois University (USA) semester one 2017. Dr Ressler researched the Masters in Teaching and Learning programme at Victoria University of Wellington.

Dr Gordon hosting Professor Dave Walsh from the University of San Francisco (USA) in semester two 2017. Professor Walsh researched the Teaching Personal and social Responsibility model as it is taught in New Zealand.



Teaching in 2020