Dr Rod Allan Philpot

BA/BEd Leth., MEd PhD PGDipEdMgmt Auck.


Rod Philpot is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education. Rod began working at The University of Auckland in 2006 after 16 years teaching health and physical education in Auckland secondary schools. He has been an assistant teacher, year 12 dean, head of outdoor education, head of department, and an HPE faculty leader. Rod has moderated standards based assessment, lead scholarship physical education workshops, and helped lead the implementation of NCEA to Auckland physical education teachers. He has presented at national and international physical education conferences.

Rod's research focusses on social justice pedagogies in PETE and school health and physical education. He has participated in international research collaborations focused on social justice in HPE and PETE with colleagues in the Unites States, United Kingdom, Sweden and Norway.

Research | Current

  • Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE)
  • Critical pedagogies in PETE
  • Social Justice pedagogies in health and physical education
  • Teacher Beliefs

Teaching | Current


  • Physed 101 Games and Sport Education
  • Edcurric 604 Health and Physical Education
  • Edcusec 608 Physical Education Curriculum
  • Edcursec 687 Physical Education Practice

Postgraduate supervision

Karmina, S. (Current). Understanding Indonesian Teachers’ Beliefs about and Practice of Cooperative Learning through an Ecological Model. PhD.

Xiong, W. (Current). Theoretical Exploration and Empirical Study on Cooperative Learning Model - Applied in Physical Education Classes in Elementary and Secondary Schools. PhD

Roberts, S. (Current). The New Zealand pre-elite athlete experience of participation in both high performance sport and tertiary education in New Zealand and overseas: A comparative study. PhD.

McIntyre, J. (Current). Influencing the Adoption of Contemporary Skill Learning Theories with Practitioners who
Work with Young People. PhD.

Pringle, D. (Current). The Phenomenon of Collaboration between Professional Colleagues. M. Ed.

Gambolatti, R. (Current). The complexity of planning and delivering health and physical education in an Auckland primary school. Master of Professional Studies.

Smith, J. (2018). More than just a prop forward: A synthesis of expectations of student-athletes. Unpublished thesis for  Master of Education. The University of Auckland.

Burne, G. (2017). Moving in a virtual world: A self-study of teaching physical education with digital technologies. Unpublished thesis for Master of Education. The University of Auckland.

Scorringe, A. (2016). How do health and physical education teachers enact socially critical pedagogies. Unpublished thesis for Master of Professional Studies in Education. The University of Auckland.

McIntyre, J. (2015). Physical Education teachers' understanding and implementation of the health and physical education curriculum.Unpublished thesis for Master of Professional Studies in Education. The University of Auckland.



Programme Leader - Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Education

Areas of expertise

Physical education teacher education, critical pedagogy, social justice

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • ISATT 2015 Conference Organising Committee
  • AIESEP 2014 Conference Organising Committee
  • TGfU Symposium 2014 Organising Committee
  • Bachelor of Physical Education Subcommittee
  • Graduate Diploma of Secondary Subcommittee
  • School of Curriculum and Pedagogy Research Committee - responsibility for research seminar series 2015


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Philpot, R. (2016). Physical education initial teacher educators' expressions of critical pedagogy(ies): Coherency, complexity or confusion?. European Physical Education Review, 22 (2), 260-275. 10.1177/1356336X15603382
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/31622
  • Philpot, R. (2015). Critical Pedagogies in PETE: An Antipodean Perspective. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 34 (2), 316-332. 10.1123/jtpe.2014-0054
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/27381
  • Philpot, R. A. (2015). Making a different difference: Students reading of critical pedagogy in PETE. In D. Garbett, A. Ovens (Eds.) Teaching for Tomorrow Today (pp. 431-438). Auckland, New Zealand: Edify. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/27382
  • Philpot, R. A. (2014). Exploring PETEors understanding of socially critical pedagogy(ies). Paper presented at AARE/NZARE Conference 2014, Brisbane, Australia. 30 November - 4 December 2014. AARE/NZARE Conference: Speaking Back through Research. Related URL.

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 5, Room 528
New Zealand