Tania Cassidy

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

Background

Tania Cassidy is a senior lecturer in the area of Pedagogy in the School of Physical Education. 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 entitled Understanding Sports Coaching: The social, cultural and pedagogical foundations of sports practice (2004. 2009; 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);
  • Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy (UK);
  • International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology (USA);
  • International Journal of Coaching Science (Canada/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 member of the Taieri College Sports Council and becoming involved in the development of a Junior Academy. As a consequence of Tania's community activism she is the President of the Opoho Bowling Club. In 2011Tania co-hosted, with Associate Professor Chris Button, an international research symposium entitled: Technologies in Sport: Performance, Bodies and Ethics (see http://physed.otago.ac.nz/hosted/techsport2011 )

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

Books

Cassidy, T., Jones, R., and Potrac, P.  (2nd edition).(2009) Understanding Sports Coaching: The social, cultural and pedagogical foundations of sports practice.  London: Routledge.

Book Chapters

Cassidy, T., Jackson, A-M., Miyahara, M., and Shemmell, J. (commissioned) Understanding Greta, in K. Amour (Ed) 'Pedagogical Cases in Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity' Volume 1: Physical Education and Youth Sport, London: Routledge.

Cassidy, T. (2012) 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.

Cassidy, T (2012) Holistic Coaching: A critical essay? In J. Denison, W. Gilbert, & P. Potrac (Eds) Handbook of Sports Coaching, London: Routledge.

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. and 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

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). Holism in Sports Coaching: A response to commentaries, International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 5(4), 497-501.

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.

Cassidy, T. (2010). Understanding the change process: A response to commentaries, International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 5(2), 187-191.

Selected refereed journal articles

Cassidy, T., & Button, C. (under review). Introduction: Technologies of Sport: Performance, Bodies and Ethics, International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching

Handcock, P., & Cassidy, T. (under review). Strength and conditioning coaches in Rugby Union, Strength and Conditioning Journal

Denison, J., Pringle, R., Cassidy, T., & Hessian, P. (under review). Changing coaches’ practices: Towards an application of Foucault’s ethics, International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching

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 (Drs Jim Williams and Tania Cassidy 2008-2011)
Laura Purdy (Drs Robyn Jones (UWIC) and Tania Cassidy, 2001-2005)
Hussain Haleem (Drs Robyn Jones, (UWIC), Paul Potrac, and Tania Cassidy (committee member), 2001-2005)

MPhEd students

Murray Turner (Dr Tania Cassidy 2004-2007)
Anne-Marie Jackson (Drs Tania Cassidy and John Hughson, 2004-2007).
Alex Calwell (Drs Paul Potrac and Tania Cassidy, 2003-2004).
Neil Anderson (Drs Ralph Buck and Tania Cassidy, 2002-2003).

BPhEd (Hons) students

Hamish Rogers (Dr Tania Cassidy 2011-2012)
Jeremy Newton (Dr Tania Cassidy 2011-2012)
Claire Brown (Dr Tania Cassidy, 2010-2011)
Hannah Smeaton (Dr Tania Cassidy, 2009-2010)
Jane Marshall (Dr Tania Cassidy, 2008-2009)
Amie O'Brien (Dr Tania Cassidy, 2006-2007)
Clare Goodwin (Dr Tania Cassidy, 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 22 Nov 2012

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