Dr Simon Walters

Senior Lecturer

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 7022

Email: simon.walters@aut.ac.nz

Qualifications:

PhD (AUT University), MSc., BHum., Further and Adult Education Teachers Certificate.

Teaching Areas:

Sports coaching

Sociology of Sport

Research Areas:

Children in Sport

Athlete centred coaching

Coach Development

Sideline Behaviour

Research Summary:

Area of expertise:
Sociology of sport, athlete-centred coaching, coach development.

Specific areas of interest:
sideline behaviour, children’s experiences of sport, coach and parent influences on children’s enjoyment of sport, student-centred learning. Qualitative research methodologies, discourse analysis.

Current Research Projects:

  • Youth development through sport
  • Coach and player attitudes to injury
  • Traditional unstructured free play
  • Good Sports programme evaluation
  • Sport for development
  • Student-centred learning
  • Accessibility

Current Postgraduate Students’ Research

  • Using an interpersonal relationships model to understand dyadic relationships among high performing sport and leadership management.
  • Constructions of human touch in health practice: A discourse analysis.
  • The effect of an adult behaviour intervention on children’s experiences of sport: A case study.
  • The perceived value of an outdoor education programme in a New Zealand high school. A case study.
  • Early specialisation and overuse injuries.
  • The Impact of Character Strengths and Wellbeing on Sporting Injury.
  • Pathways to the Paralympic Games: Exploring the sporting journeys of high performance Para athletes with a limb deficiency.
  • The early sport and play experiences of elite New Zealand hockey players from rural and regional communities.

Publications:

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
  • Walters, S. R., & Godbold, R. (2014). Someone is watching you: The ethics of covert observation to explore adult behaviour at children's sporting events. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 11(4), 531-537. doi:10.1007/s11673-014-9543-2
  • Walters, S. R., Hallas, J., Phelps, S., & Ikeda, E. (2015). Enhancing the ability of students to engage with theoretical concepts through the creation of learner-generated video assessment. Sport Management Education Journal. 9(2),102-112. doi: 10.1123/SMEJ.2014-0041
  • Walters, S. R., Payne, D., Schluter, P. J., & Thomson, R. W. (2015). ‘It just makes you feel invincible’: a Foucauldian analysis of children's experiences of organised team sports. Sport, Education and Society, 20(2), 241-257. doi:10.1080/13573322.2012.745844
  • Walters, S., Payne, D., Schluter, P., & Thomson, R. (2010). It's all about winning isn't it? Competing discourses in children's sport. European Journal for Sport and Society, 7(2).
  • Walters, S. R., Schluter, P. J., Oldham, A. R. H., Thomson, R. W., & Payne, D. (2012). The sideline behaviour of coaches at children’s team sports games. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 13(2), 208-215. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2011.11.008
  • Walters, S., Schluter, PJ., Stamp, D., Thomson, R. and Payne, D. (2016) Coaches and referees’ perspectives of sideline behaviour in children’s team sports: a cross-sectional study. International Journal of Sport Management, Recreation & Tourism, 23(c): 51-74. http://dx.doi.org/10.5199/ijsmart-1791-874X-23c.
  • Walters, S.R., Silva, P., & Nikolai, J. (In Press). Teaching, Learning, and Assessment: Insights into Students’ Motivation to Learn. The Qualitative Report.
  • Nikolai, J., Silva, P., & Walters, S. (In press). Student and Lecturer Perspectives: Informing an Academic Support Strategy. ATLAANZ Journal.

Invited Book Chapter
  • Walters, S. R., & Kidman, L. (2015). Humanistic coaching. In J. Wallis, & J. Lambert. (Eds.) Becoming a sports coach. Abingdon, UK: Routledge

Reports
Conference Presentations
  • Walters, S.R., Spencer, K., Farnham, A., & Williams, V. (2017). Connecting with diverse communities: Athlete-centred coaching, TGfU, and Sport as a Vehicle for Connecting with Social Communities. The 10. dvs-Sportspiel-Symposium & the 6th International TGfU Conference, Cologne, Germany, 25 Jul 2016 - 27 Jul 2016. Proceedings Editors: Furley P, Fasold F, Huttermann S, Klein-Soetebeier T, Kreitz C, Noel B, Rein R, Memmert D. Just play it: Innovative international approaches to games. Feldhaus Edition Czwalina. (p.214)
  • Walters, S.R., Nikolai, J., Silva, P., & Broderlow, L. (2015). Evaluating the effectiveness of student-centred assessment in an under-graduate programme. In Tertiary Education Research in New Zealand (TERNZ) Annual Conference. Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Walters, S. R., Nikolai, J., Silva, P. & Broederlow, L. (2015). Creating a student-centred learning environment in a sport and recreation degree. In ITP Sports Research Symposium. EIT Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.
  • Walters, S. R., Spencer, K., Williams, V., & Farnham, A. (2015). Connecting with Diverse Communities: Sport as a Vehicle for Social Development. In ITP Sports Research Symposium. EIT Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.
  • Walters, S. R., Hallas, J., & Ikeda, E. (2015). Enhancing the ability of students to engage with complex theoretical concepts through the creation of learner-generated digital video. In Learning and Teaching Development Fund. Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Nikolai, J., Silva, P., & Walters, S. (2014). Structuring an appropriate academic support strategy to assist Bachelor of Sport and Recreation (BSR) students to meet the BSR graduate profile. In ATLAANZ. Auckland.
  • Woolliams, D., Oldham, A. R. H., & Walters, S. R. (2014). Examining the nature of interpersonal coach-athlete dyads between New Zealand national representative female football players and national head coaches. In 1st Asia Pacific Football Futsal Seminar. Melbourne, Australia.
  • Walters, S. R., & Kidman, L. (2014). Becoming a sports coach: The humanistic / athlete-centred coach. In Bay of Plenty Sports Symposium: Research Initiatives in the Sport and Recreation Sector. Tauranga, New Zealand.
  • Stamp, D., Walters, S. R., Oldham, A. R. H., & Ferkins, L. (2014). Self-awareness in the developing athlete: Reflective practice in high performance rugby academy players. In Bay of Plenty Sports Symposium: Research Initiatives in the Sport and Recreation Sector. Tauranga, New Zealand.
  • Beattie, R., Walters, S. R., & Millar, S. -K. (2014). The experiences of adolescents rowing in New Zealand: An insight into the influences on attrition in school rowing. In Rowing New Zealand Annual Conference. Karapiro, New Zealand.
  • Walters, S. R., Schluter, P., Thomson, R., & Payne, D. (2011). The nature and target of coaches' comments at children's team sports. In T. Soderstrom, J. Fahlen, & K. Wickman (Eds.), 8th European Association for Sociology of Sport Conference. People in Motion: Bridging the Local and Global. Umea, Sweden.
    Retrieved from http://www.trippus.se/eventus/userfiles/26101.pdf
  • Walters, S. R., Schluter, P., Thomson, R., & Payne, D. (2011). Whose game are we playing? Children's perspectives on organised team sports in New Zealand. In T. Soderstrom, F. Fahlen, & K. Wickman (Eds.), 8th European Association for Sociology of Sport Conference. People in Motion: Bridging the Local and Global. Umea, Sweden.
    Retrieved from http://www.trippus.se/eventus/userfiles/26101.pdf
  • Walters, S., Schluter, P., Thomson, R., & Payne, D. (2010). Can we have our ball back please? Children's perspectives on organised team sports. In Backyard Legends Coaching Conference. Auckland.
  • Walters, S., & Jarman, R. (2010). Making sense of games. In Backyard Legend Coaching Conference. Auckland.
  • Oldham, T., & Walters, S. (2010). School of hard knocks: How do you develop mentally tough athletes?. In Backyard Legends Coaching Conference. Auckland.
  • Walters, S., Schluter, P., Thomson, R., & Payne, D. (2010). The nature and target of coaches' comments at children's team sports. In Backyard Legends Coaching Conference. Auckland.
  • Walters, S., Payne, D., Schluter, P., & Thomson, R. (2009). It's all about winning isn't it? Competing discourses in children's sport in New Zealand. In Sports, Bodies and Identities: 6th European Association of Sociology of Sport Conference. Book of Abstracts. Rome, Italy: Lancilloto e Nausica.
  • Walters, S., & Hammill, J. (2007). Exploring the effectiveness of a peer tutor programme: Targeting 'at risk' students. In R. Trewartha (Ed.), Proceedings of the 7th Conference of the New Zealand Association of Bridging Educators (pp. 29-38). Auckland: Unitec Institute of Technology.
  • Walters, S., & Foreman, K. (2006). Evaluating the 'success' of a bridging (foundation) programme. In Proceedings of the 5th Conference of the New Zealand Association of Bridging Educators (pp. 217-226). Auckland, New Zealand.

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