Denise Atkins

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Senior Lecturer

Email: denise.atkins@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6962-0369

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Academic appointments:

  • Senior Lecturer, AUT University (2009 - ongoing)
  • PG Academic Development Advisor (0.5FTE), Auckland University of Technology, Auckland (2016 - ongoing)
  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy (2018 - ongoing)
  • Academy member (Teaching & Learning), AUT University (2019 - ongoing)

Qualifications:

  • PhD, AUT University
  • Master of Educational Leadership & Management, Unitec Institute of Technology
  • Diploma of Teaching, Christchurch College of Education
  • Registered Teacher, Education Council of NZ

Overview:

Denise is a Senior Lecturer and Academic Development Advisor in the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences at AUT University. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK), a member of the AUT Academy (2019) and a recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching award (2016) and undertakes research in the fields of Teaching and Learning, Health & Physical Education, pedagogy, play and children’s voice. As a previous senior advisor with the Ministry of Education Denise worked in partnership with the Ministry of Health and SportNZ (formerly SPARC) and was responsible for implementing the Physical Activity Initiative (2005-2007). Denise has had experience leading and managing teams and has considerable governance experience. Her expertise lies in working both with Boards and Management, as well as with teachers and academics in professional learning and teaching using evidence-based research.

Research interests:

Teaching and Learning,
Health Education,
Physical Education,
Pedagogy,
Children’s voice

Teaching summary:

Denise is an educator with over 30 years experience, initially training as a secondary school teacher in the 1980’s, writing curriculum documents in the 1990’s, facilitating teacher professional development in the early 2000’s before developing and leading policy change for five years in the Ministry of Education and finally teaching in higher education at AUT from 2009. Denise's philosophy is aligned to Paulo Freire. He said "Education does not change the world. Education changes people. People change the world" (Paulo Freire 1921-1997). In higher education inclusiveness and providing opportunities to learn from and with students and colleagues is something Denise aspires to.

Fields of research:

  • Primary Education (Excl. Maori)
  • Education Assessment and Evaluation
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators

Professional activities:

Appointment, affiliation, and membership

  • Member, The AUT Academy (2019 - ongoing)

Research outputs:

Featured research outputs

  • Atkins, D. (2017). Fitting the jigsaw together: The body-school-society nexus and children's understanding of body pedagogies. In 12th Federation Internationale Education Physique (FIEP) Congress. Luxembourg. Retrieved from https://fiep2017luxembourg.uni.lu/

  • Atkins, D. (2017). Health discourses in literacy: Productive or destructive?. In PENZ National conference 2017. Mt Maunganui. Retrieved from http://penz.org.nz/conference-programme.php

  • Atkins, D. (2017). Mum's diet and children's voice in health education. Learning Communities : International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts, 21. doi:10.18793/LCJ2017.21.13

  • Atkins, D. (2015). Body pedagogies: How children come to understand their bodies and their selves during and following a health intervention in a New Zealand primary school. (AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand). Retrieved from http://aut.researchgateway.ac.nz/handle/10292/9253

Journal articles

  • Walters, S. R., Duncan, S., McPhee, J., Atkins, D., & Millar, S. -K. (2018). Real play families: A New Zealand case study. International Journal of Play, 7(1). doi:10.1080/21594937.2018.1436674

  • Walters, S. (2017). Real play families: A New Zealand case study. International Journal of Play.

  • Atkins, D. (2017). Mum's diet and children's voice in health education. Learning Communities : International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts, 21. doi:10.18793/LCJ2017.21.13

Book chapters

  • Petrie, K., & Atkins, D. (2017). Primary physical education in Aotearoa/New Zealand. In G. Griggs, & K. Petrie (Eds.), Routledge handbook of primary physical education (pp. 271-284). United Kingdom: Routledge. Retrieved from https://www.routledge.com/

Conference contributions

  • Atkins, D. (2019). Feedback - "I would like to know what I have done well". In AUT Teaching and Learning Conference. Auckland: AUT University. Retrieved from http://cflat.aut.ac.nz/tlc2019

  • Atkins, D., Warbrick, I., Fleming, T., Borotkanics, R., Duncan, S., Lubans, D., & Harris, N. (2019). Pau te Hau: A teacher delivered high-intensity interval training programme for young adolescents. In National Conference. Wellington: PENZ, EONZ, NZHEA. Retrieved from http://www.penz.org.nz/event/penz-eonz-nzhea-national-conference-2019/

  • Atkins, D. (2019). Health & Physical Education in the New Zealand Curriculum: An insight into curriculum development for undergraduate students. In The 2nd International Forum on Physical Education(第二届国际体育教育高峰论坛). Wuhan: Wuhan Sports University, China. Retrieved from http://zs.whsu.edu.cn/info/1069/4175.htm

  • Atkins, D. (2019). Curriculum Concepts: Understanding the complexity of curriculum expectations in Physical Education in Aotearoa New Zealand. In The 2nd International Forum on Physical Education(第二届国际体育教育高峰论坛). Wuhan: Wuhan Sports University, China. Retrieved from http://zs.whsu.edu.cn/info/1069/4175.htm

  • Harris, N., Warbrick, I., Atkins, D., Fleming, T., Borotkanics, R., Duncan, S., & Lubans, D. (2019). A teacher delivered matauranga Māori enhanced high-intensity interval training program for adolescents: Pau te Hau randomised controlled trial feasibility results. In ISBNPA 2019 Abstract book. Prague.

  • Harris, N., Warbrick, I., Atkins, D., Duncan, S., Vandal, A., & Lubans, D. (2019). The feasibility of a teacher delivered, curriculum-based high-intensity interval training program for young adolescents. In ISBNPA 2019 Abstract book (pp. 877). Prague. Retrieved from https://venuewest-my.sharepoint.com/

  • Atkins, D. (2018). Recontextualising health: The classroom-school-society nexus and body pedagogies. In CHESS (Critical Health Education Studies Conference): New moves in an old game. Queenstown: Critical Health Education Studies. University of Auckland & Monash University. Retrieved from http://www.crithealthstud.org/

  • Atkins, D. (2017). Fitting the jigsaw together: The body-school-society nexus and children's understanding of body pedagogies. In 12th Federation Internationale Education Physique (FIEP) Congress. Luxembourg. Retrieved from https://fiep2017luxembourg.uni.lu/

  • Atkins, D. (2017). Mums diet and children's voice in health education. In ACHPER International Conference. Canberra. Retrieved from https://www.achper2017.com/

  • Walters, S., Duncan, S., McPhee, J., Atkins, D., & Millar, S. -K. (2017). Real Play Families: A New Zealand case study. In 20th IPA Triennial World Conference. Calgary, Alberta. Retrieved from http://canada2017.ipaworld.org/program/conference-schedule/

  • Atkins, D. (2017). Mum's diet and children's voice in health education. In Learning Communities : International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts Vol. 21 (pp. 168-179). Canberra: Charles Darwin University, Darwin NT. doi:10.18793/LCJ2017.21.13

  • Atkins, D. (2017). Health discourses in literacy: Productive or destructive?. In PENZ National conference 2017. Mt Maunganui. Retrieved from http://penz.org.nz/conference-programme.php

  • Atkins, D., & Johnson, N. (2016). The spiral of inquiry: A scan of primary school health education and physical education. In PENZ / EONZ / NZHEA National Conference 2016. Palmerston North. Retrieved from http://penz.org.nz/conference-presentations/

  • Oldham, A., & Atkins, D. (2016). "In through and about movement" as a means to understanding constraints in PE. In PENZ / EONZ / NZHEA National Conference. Palmerston North. Retrieved from http://penz.org.nz/conference-presentations/

  • Atkins, D. (2014). Atkins, D. (2014) "Educating bodies: an investigation in to ways children understand their bodies". In AARE NZRE Conference. Brisbane.

  • Atkins, D. (2014). Body pedagogies - an investigation of the ways in which children come to understand their bodies. In AIESP World Congress. Auckland.

  • Atkins, D., Kidman, L., & Penney, D. (2014). Educating bodies: An investigation of the ways in which children come to understand their bodies. In AARE-NZARE 2014 Conference. Brisbane.

  • Atkins, D., Fleming, J., & Farnham, A. (2013). Enhancing the preparation of tomorrow's teachers through symbiotic cooperative education relationships. In Physical Education New Zealand (PENZ) National Conference: Creating Moves & Grooves in Physical Education. Wellington.

  • Atkins, D. (2013). Atkins, D. (2013) "Body Pedagogies - interpreting how children understand their bodies".. In PENZ National conference. Wellington. Retrieved from http://penz.org.nz/conference-presentations/

  • Fleming, J. M., & Atkins, D. (2013). Enhancing preparation of tomorrow’s teachers through symbiotic cooperative education relationships. In A defining time in Health and Physical Education: Proceedings of the 28th ACHPER International Conference (pp. 46-53). Melbourne. Retrieved from http://www.achper.org.au/documents/item/266

  • Atkins, D., & Fleming, J. (2013). Enhancing the preparation of tomorrow’s teachers through symbiotic cooperative education relationships. In Proceedings of the 28th ACHPER International Conference Melbourne 2013 (pp. 46-53). Melbourne: ACHPER. Retrieved from http://www.achper.org.au/documents/item/266

  • Atkins, D. (2012). How do children understand their bodies?. In Auckland PENZ Leadership conference. .

  • Millar, S. K., & Atkins, D. (2010). Backyard Games: The fun, the thrill, the key skills, it all starts here. In Backyard Legends Conference. Auckland.

Reports

  • Duncan, S., McPhee, J., Walters, S. R., Atkins, D., & Millar, S. -K. (2015). Real play families: Executive report. Auckland, New Zealand: Human Potential Centre, AUT University.

Theses

  • Atkins, D. (2015). Body pedagogies: How children come to understand their bodies and their selves during and following a health intervention in a New Zealand primary school. (AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand). Retrieved from http://aut.researchgateway.ac.nz/handle/10292/9253

Oral presentations

  • Atkins, D. (2017). Fitting the jigsaw together: the body-school-society nexus and children's understanding of body pedagogies. University of Luxembourg.

  • Atkins, D., & Oldham, T. (2016). In through and about movement" as a means to understanding constraints in PE.. Palmerston North. Retrieved from http://www.penz.org.nz/conference-programme.php?page=programme&abstract=4

  • Atkins, D., & Johnson, N. (2016). Using the spiral of inquiry to consider HPE teaching in primary schools.. Palmerston North, New Zealand. Retrieved from http://http//penz.org.nz/conference-programme.php?page=programme&abstract=48

  • Atkins, D. (2013). Body Pedagogies – interpreting how children understand their bodies. Wellington, New Zealand.

  • Atkins, D., & Fleming, J & Farnham, A. (2013). “Enhancing the preparation of tomorrow’s teachers through symbiotic cooperative education relationships”. Wellington.

  • Atkins, D., & & Stewart, L. (2011). Road Safety Education in the Health and Physical Education learning area. Auckland. Retrieved from http://aucklandpenz.wikispaces.com/