Tania Cassidy

Tania CassidyDipPE, DipGrad, MPhEd (Otago) PhD (Deakin), DipTchg.
Tel 64 3 479 9070
Email tania.cassidy@otago.ac.nz


Tania Cassidy is an Associate Professor in the area of Pedagogy in the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences. Prior to arriving at the University of Otago Tania studied for a PhD in the Faculty of Education at Deakin University, Victoria, Australia. Tania is the first author of a co-authored text entitledUnderstanding Sports Coaching: The social, cultural and pedagogical foundations of sports practice (2004, 2009, in press; Routledge), a text that has subsequently been translated into Korean, Norwegian and Welsh. Tania is on the Editorial Boards of the following journals:

  • International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching (UK);
  • International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology (USA);
  • International Sport Coaching Journal (USA);
  • International Journal of Coaching Science (Korea);
  • Asia Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education (Australia);
  • Sports Coaching Review (UK).
  • Graduate Journal of Sport, Exercise and Physical Education Research (on-line Worcester, UK)
  • New Zealand Physical Educator 

Tania has presented at numerous international conferences including AERA, AARE, BERA, ICCE, AIESEP and PENZ and has published in scholarly and professional books and journals. As well as teaching and research Tania is involved in community initiatives, including being a board member of the Otago Academy of Sport, and Football South. As a consequence of Tania's community activism she is the President of the Opoho Bowling Club. She is an active hockey player and lawn bowler.

Papers taught

Research interests

Tania's research interests are informed by both interpretive and critical perspectives and include:

  • Pedagogy of sports coaching and coach education/development
  • Youth development and sports coaching
  • Politics and policies of coach development and education
  • Physical education curriculum history, politics and policies.

Selected Publications


Cassidy, T., Jones, R., and Potrac, P.  (3rd edition) (in press)Understanding Sports Coaching: The social, cultural and pedagogical foundations of sports practice.  London: Routledge.

Book Chapters

Cassidy, T., Merrilees, J., & Shaw, S. (2015). National Governing Bodies: Sport Policy, Practice and Mentoring. In F. Chambers (Ed.), Mentoring in Physical Education and Sports Coaching, London: Routledge, pp. 147-154

Cassidy, T., Jackson, A-M., Miyahara, M., & Shemmell, J. (2014). Greta: Weaving strands to allow Greta to flourish as Greta. In K. Amour (Ed), Pedagogical Cases in Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity. Volume 1: Physical Education and Youth Sport, London: Routledge, pp. 117-129.

Cassidy, T. (2013) Teaching sports coaching in a tertiary institution: Exploring the role of ethics. In R. Light & S. Harvey (Eds.), Ethics in Youth Sport and Pedagogical Applications, London: Routledge, pp. 149-160.

Cassidy, T (2013) Holistic Coaching: A critical essay. In J. Denison, W. Gilbert, & P. Potrac (Eds.), Handbook of Sports Coaching, London: Routledge, pp. 172-183.

Cassidy, T.(2010). Understanding athlete learning and coaching practice: Utilising ‘practice theories' and ‘theories of practice'. In J. Lyle, & C. Cushion (Eds.), Sports Coaching: Professionalisation and Practice, London: Elsevier, pp. 177-191.

Cassidy, T. & Ovens, A. (2009). Curriculum Acoustics: Analysing the changing voice of the New Zealand Health and Physical Education curriculum. In M. Dinan-Thompson (Ed.), Health and Physical Education: Contemporary issues for curriculum in Australia and New Zealand. Melbourne: Oxford University Press, pp.22-37.

Invited journal features and commentaries

Handcock, P., & Cassidy, T. (2014). Reflective practice for rugby union strength and conditioning coaches, Strength and Conditioning Journal, 36 (1), 41-45.
Cassidy, T.(2012). Exploring the potential of assessment efficacy in sports coaching: A commentary, International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 7(2), 215-217.
Cassidy, T. (2010). Holism in Sports Coaching: Beyond Humanistic Psychology, International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 5(4), 439-443.
Cassidy, T. (2010). Understanding the change process: Valuing what it is that coaches do, International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 5(2), 143-147.

Selected refereed journal articles

Rogers, H. & Cassidy, T. (accepted for publication). Quest for success: The micro-politics associated with the inception and development of a secondary school sports academy, Asia Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education

Cassidy, T., Kidman, L., & Dudfield, O. (2015).  Insights into the process of creating a coach development programme: The opportunities and challenges of ethnodrama, Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/2159676X.2015.1012545

Denison, J., Pringle, R., Cassidy, T., & Hessian, P. (2015). Changing coaches' practices: Towards an application of Foucault's ethics, International Sport Coaching Journal, 2(1), 72-76.

Cassidy, T., & Kidman, L. (2010). Initiating a national coaching curriculum: A paradigmatic shift? Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 15(3), 307-322.

Purdy, L., Jones, R., & Cassidy, T. (2009). Negotiation and capital: Athletes' use of power in an elite men's rowing programme, Sport, Education and Society, 14(3), 321-338.

Cassidy, T. and Rossi, T.  (2006). Situating learning: (Re)examining the notion of apprenticeship in coach education.  International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 1(3), 235-246.

Cassidy, T., Potrac, P., and McKenzie, A. (2006). Evaluating and reflecting upon a coach education initiative: The CoDe1 of Rugby.  The Sport Psychologist, 20(2) 145-161.

Cassidy, T., and Tinning, R.  (2004). ‘Slippage' is not a dirty word: Considering the usefulness of Giddens' notion of knowledgeability in understanding the possibilities for teacher education. Journal of Teaching Education. 15(2) 175-188.

Completed research students

PhD students

Anne-Marie Jackson (with Dr Jim Williams; 2008-2011)
Laura Purdy (with Dr Robyn Jones; 2001-2005)
Hussain Haleem (committee member; 2001-2005)

MPhEd students

Joan Merrilees (2010-2014)
Murray Turner (2004-2007)
Anne-Marie Jackson (2004-2007)
Alex Calwell (with Dr Paul Potrac; 2003-2004)
Neil Anderson (with Dr Ralph Buck; 2002-2003)

BPhEd (Hons) students

Kiera Pennell (2014)
Hamish Rogers (2011-2012)
Jeremy Newton (2011-2012)
Claire Brown (2010-2011)
Hannah Smeaton (2009-2010)
Jane Marshall (2008-2009)
Amie O'Brien (2006-2007)
Clare Goodwin (2006-2007)

To see details of postgraduate students this staff member may be supervising please visit the Postgraduate Profiles section of our website.

Last updated 14 Mar 2015

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