Dr Lynn Kidman

Senior Lecturer

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext. 6678

Email: lynn.kidman@aut.ac.nz

Links to relevant web pages:
  • AIESEP (Association Internationale des Ecoles Supérieures ďEducation Physique – International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education)

  • TGfU (Teaching Games for Understanding)

Teaching Areas:

  • Sports coaching

  • Leadership

Research Areas:

  • Children in Sport

  • Sport Coaching Pedagogy

  • Athlete centred coaching

Research Summary:

My focus is on athlete-centred coaching in coach development and understanding how we train coaches. I am interested to determine pedagogical understanding of coaching and promote a perceptual, decision-making way of training athletes. Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) and its humanistic approach is also of interest. My students tend to use qualitative methodologies, including ethnography.

Current Research Projects:

  • HP Coaches’ pedagogies
  • New Zealand Coach Development Framework
  • Current students’ research: body pedagogies at schools (ethnography), meanings to play for NZ (ethnographic action research), autoethnography on student experience, applying self-determination theory in coaching (ethnographic action research); talented females experiences (interpretive); learning and complexity theory (qualitative); historical stories of outdoor ed.


  • Walters, S. & Kidman, L. (in press). Humanistic coaching. In J. Lambert Becoming a sports coach, (Chapter 6), London: Routledge

  • Cassidy, T. and Kidman, L. (under review). The opportunities and challenges of ethnodrama in Coach Development. Submitted to Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health

  • Kidman, L. & Penney D., (under review). A case study of coach learning and reflection within the Coach Accelerator Programme (CAP) in Aotearoa New Zealand. Submitted to Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, September 9, 2014.

  • Penney, D. & Kidman, L. (2014) Athlete Centred Coaching:A time for reflection on meanings, value and practice. Journal of Athlete Centered Coaching (1)1, 2-5.

  • Kidman, L. & Penney, D. (2014). Promoting and supporting professional learning: Developing a community of practice, Journal of Athlete Centered Coaching, (1)1, 6-31.

  • Kidman, L. & Lombardo, B. (Eds) (2010). Athlete-centred Coaching: Developing decision makers, Worcester, UK: IPC Print Resources.

  • Kidman, L. & Hanrahan, S.J. (2010). The coaching process: A practical guide to becoming an effective sports coach. London: Routledge.

  • Kidman, L. (2005). Athlete-centred Coaching: Developing inspired and inspiring people, Christchurch, NZ: Innovative Print Communications.

  • Medcalf, R., Marshall, J., Visser, J., Kidman, L., & Hardman, K. (2010). Physical Education and children and young people with social emotional and behavior difficulties. In S. Cazzoli, B. Antala (eds) Integration and Inclusion in Physical Education, pp. 125-133. Tipolcianky, Slovenia: END spl.s r.o.

  • Kidman, L. & Lombardo, B. (2010) TGfU and humanistic coaching. In L.Griffin and J. Butler, More Teaching Games for Understanding (2nd Ed) (187-208). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

  • Kidman, L. (2010). Holism in sports coaching: beyond humanistic Psychology: A commentary. International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching, 5(4), 473-475.

  • Cassidy, T. and Kidman, L. (2010) Initiating a national coaching curriculum: a paradigmatic shift? Physical Education & Sport Pedagogy, 15(3), 307-322.