Kath Godber

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Lecturer / Coaching Coordinator

Phone: + 64 9 921 9999 ext.8122

Email: kgodber@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:

42A Saltaire Street, Avondale, Auckland 1026

Links to relevant web pages:
The Life-worlds of Elite Young Athletes: A Lens on their School/Sport Balancing Act


DipPE, Dip Teaching, BA(Social Psychology), DipSpSt, PGDipEd(PE), MEd(PE)

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Auckland Basketball Services Ltd
  • Auckland St John Netball Centre
  • Auckland YMCA Marathon Club

Teaching Areas:

  • Health & Physical Education
  • Coaching
  • Holistic Health
  • Pedagogy

Research Areas:

  • Health & Physical Education
  • Pedagogical practice of teaching and coaching
  • Complexity theory and thinking
  • Talented female secondary school athletes in New Zealand

Research Summary:

As a previous HPE teacher, Sports Manager, representative sports coach, sports administrator, and sports official my research interests encompass educational  contexts and their influence/impact on sporting attainment, from a qualitative inquiry perspective, using complexity theory and thinking to interpret and recognize emerging perceptions and meanings, for both the  participants and the researcher. The perceptions and coping strategies of student athletes within the dynamical, self organizing systems of an educational establishment are of particular interest.

Current Research Projects:

PhD candidature – ‘Sport attainment and education sustainment of talented female secondary school athletes in New Zealand.’


2001 Unpublished.  ICT in Physical Education - a qualitative study of the use of ICT in Cultural Dance. Requirement for Special Topic – PGDipEd (Massey)
2001 Unpublished.  TGFU: An Investigation of Teaching and Learning Methods for Y9 Basketball. Requirement for Special Topic – PGDipED (Massey)
2001 Unpublished.  Bursary Physical Education – a Teachers’ Perspective. Requirement for Special Topic – PGDipEd (Massey)
2012 Published June.  *Policy, Practice and Performance: Do the Ps add up? Feature article  Physical Education New Zealand (PENZ), conference edition, Vol. 45/2
2012 Published August. *The Life-worlds of Elite Young Athletes: A Lens on their  School/Sport Balancing Act. Peer-reviewed article – APEX  The New Zealand Journal of Gifted Education. Vol. 17, No.1
2011/12 Published December. *Affordance Networks and the Complexity of Learning.  Chapter 5, ‘Complexity in Physical Education, reframing pedagogy, curriculum and research.’ Co-author with Dr Alan Ovens, University of Auckland.
2015 In process. Talented young sportswomen in New Zealand: Pilot study to explore the consistency and robustness of a qualitative research methodology. For submission to SES, European Journal of Physical Education & Sport Pedagogy, JOTPE or JOPED. (Presented at AARE-UQ HPE Research conference June, 2015).


  • Young Sportsperson of the Year Award - Service to Secondary School Sport (1999)
  • Wiltshire Coach & Official of the Year Award – Administrator of the Year (2002)
  • AUT School of Sport & Recreation – Student First Award (2015)