Lecturer - Coaching stream
Phone: 09 921 9999 x 7239
Links to relevant web pages:
Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand
PhD (Essex University), MSc Sport & Exercise Science (Essex University), BEd (Hons) (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Memberships and Affiliations:
Member of the International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport
- Sports Coaching and notational analysis specialty areas:
- Athlete centred coaching
- Sportscode Elite and Focus notational analysis
- Athlete Movement and tactical analysis
Kirsten has research interests in coaching behaviours and performance analysis. She is particularly interested in the influence of player/coach gender on the behaviour used by the coach; as well as the use of notational analysis to determine these behaviours used in both practice and competitive situations and their influence on tactical decision-making in sport.
Current Research Projects:
- Movement patterns and intensity of effort used by netball umpires across different performance levels (with Masters student Natasha Paget).
- Perception of umpire ability from 4 different perspectives (with Master’s student Linda McEwing).
- Variation in player decision-making in modified netball games and traditional games.
- Comparison of fundamental motor skills used in modified netball and traditional netball.
- Tactics used in Tae Kwon Do bouts
Post Graduate Completions
- Andy Peat (2011): Application of notational analysis for community soccer coaches
- Spencer, K.N & Griffin M. Presented (2009);” The Influence Of Leadership Gender on Patterns of Play”. 12th World Congress of Sport Psychology, Marrakesh, Morocco. Proceedings of International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP).
- Spencer, K.N & Griffin M. (2006). Practice what you preach – the influence of leadership gender on patterns of play. World Congress of Performance Analysis in Sport VII, Szombathey, Hungary (Proceedings of WCPAS 7).
- Spencer, K.N & Griffin M. (2005).Verbal Coaching Behaviour as a Performance Factor in Field Hockey. North American Society of Psychology, Sport & Physical Activity (NASPSPA) Annual Conference, St Petersburg, Florida, USA.
- Spencer, K.N & Griffin M. (2004). Performance Effects of Coach Gender in Women’s Field Hockey. World Congress of Performance Analysis in Sport VI, Belfast, Northern Ireland (Proceedings of WCPAS 6).
Poster Conference Presentations
- Spencer K.N (2011). Planning, Organisation and Structure of Practice - Does Coach Gender Make a Difference? Technologies in Sport, University of Otago, Dunedin.
Invited Speaker Presentations:
- Spencer K. (2012, February 27th). Coaching the female athlete. Forun conducted by Sport Waitakere, Auckland.
- Spencer K. (2011, October). Coaching , gender & performance in field hockey, Coaches Forum, University of Otago.
Peer Reviewed Articles:
- Spencer, K.N & Griffin M. (2005). Verbal Coaching Behaviour as a Performance Factor in Field Hockey, Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 27(Suppl.), S165–S171