Faculty of Education

Dr Barrie Gordon

Senior Lecturer
School of Education Policy and Implementation

Phone: 04 463 9770
Location: Room 219, Panckhurst Block, Karori Campus

Dr Barrie Gordon


PhD, MA, TTC, Diploma in Physical Education


Barrie is a senior lecturer in health and physical education at Victoria University of Wellington. He initially spent 14 years as a secondary school health and physical education teacher in New Zealand. In 1992 he received a scholarship to attend The Ohio State University where he gained an MA in adapted physical education and physical education pedagogy. On returning to New Zealand he was appointed to the Palmerston North Teachers College (later to become Massey University College of Education) as a lecturer in health and physical education. Barrie completed his PhD “An examination of the responsibility model in a New Zealand secondary school physical education programme” in 2007. He was appointed to the Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Education as a senior lecturer in health and physical education in 2007.

Current Research

An evaluation of a full-year implementation of the Responsibility Model in a secondary school physical education programme

A national survey of all New Zealand secondary school physical education departments. This survey examines the number of schools using the Responsibility Model and how it is implemented in practice

Developing confidence in learning for front line police officers sitting internal exams for promotion

Netball as a sport socially constructed for "feminine" athletes

Research Interests

Barrie's research is primarily focused on:

  • Teaching and learning in physical education
  • He has a special interest in the Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility Model (TPSR)/Responsibility Model (RM) and its application in sport and physical education contexts
  • A number of other pedagogical models used in physical education and sport including Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU)/games sense and Sport Education
  • Sport and society
  • The use of sport as a means towards positive social development
  • Sport and recreation in Pasifika communities
  • The experiences of students with disabilities in physical education.

I am interested in supervising postgraduate and PhD thesis research in the areas of secondary education, health and physical education and sport in society. In relation to physical education I have a specific interest in the Teaching Games for Understanding and Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility pedagogical models. 

His earlier research covered the following:

  • The levels of fundamental physical skills in pre-service students
  • The experiences of students in outdoor education
  • The Responsibility Model when implemented in physical education
  • SportFit in New Zealand schools.

Selected Publications