Mrs Margot Isabel Bowes

MPhil, DipPE, DipTchg


Margot Bowes a lecturer in Physical Education in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, at the Faculty of Education and Social Work. Margot joined the Faculty in 2003 and brings over 30 years of experience in physical education as a teacher, HOD, Senior Manager, teacher educator, lecturer and subject expert to NZQA and Ministry of Education. Margot currently lectures courses in the Bachelor of Sport Health and Physical Education, the Bachelor of Physical Education, the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) and the Bachelor of Education (Teaching) - Primary. Margot was awarded a Faculty of Education Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award for 2012, nominated for a University Excellence Award for Sustained Excellence in 2013, and Leadership in Teaching in 2018 and was awarded the inaugral CLeaR Fellowship for the Faculty of Education for 2014. Margot is a member of the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy Research Committee.

Margot’s research expertise and publications are in four key areas: Digital and e-learning in Physical, Education,  Skill Learning, Teacher professional Learning and Development (PLD), and Critical Pedagogies and Assessment for teaching and learning in Senior School Physical Education.  She is part of a collaborative team researching making learning visible for priority learners as part of a Teacher-Led Innovation Fund grant. She uses qualitative, interpretive methodologies and socio-cultural theories of learning as conceptual frameworks to research in her key areas. Her research has provided data for PLD of teachers and pedagogy for students in high-stakes assessment using the construct of critical evaluation in SSPE. The PLD research model is now used nationally by SSPE teachers, academics and Physical Education New Zealand to raise performance in national Scholarship examinations. Margot has been invited to present and publish internationally on critical pedagogical approaches and dilemmas for SSPE. Her most recent publications focus on challenging the teaching profession to consider possibilities for post-critical pedagogies, reconceptulising Skill Learning as part of her doctorate. and Making Feedback Visable using Mobile Technologies.

Margot is National President of Physical Education New Zealand (PENZ) and a Fellow of PENZ

Research | Current

Margot's current project is " Making Learning Visible for improved student outcomes for Priority Learners in Health and Physical Education", which is collaboratively conducted with 5 teachers from Hobsonville Point Secondary School and 2 colleagues from Unitec. 

The main focus of this project is for students in PE to understand what they are learning and be able to articulate what they are learning with their families. A part of this study is focusing on strategies that make learning visible so that student while they involved in physical context, they can actually identify what their leaning end and how it helps them with the next step in their learning.

Margot's other reseach is around re- conceptualising Skill Learning for her PhD.  Current y Skill Learning and teaching in secondary schools is around information processing rather than as complex, Dynamical Systems using a constraints-led approach.  The research is exploring what students want to learn about Skill Learning, if a conceptual change is needed in the way we teach skill learning that may encourage PE teachers to critique biophysical knowledge will explore updating the NCEA assessment standards around skill learning to change practice using digital technologies.



Teaching | Current

  • PHYSED 101 Games and Sport Education
  • SPORTHPE 101 Learning and Pedagogy
  • SPORTHPE 202 Skill Learning
  • EDCURRIC 235 Senior School Health and Physical Education
  • EDPRAC 303 Health and Physical Education
  • EDCURSEC 608 A/BPhysical Education Curriculum


  • President of Physical Education New Zealand
  • Fellow - Physical Education New Zealand
  • CLeaR Fellow University of Auckland 2014
  • Faculty of Education Outstanding Teaching Award for Sustained Excellence 2012


  • National President of Physical Education New Zealand
  • School of Curriculum and Pedagogy Research Committee
  • Teacher Education Programmes
  • Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Education Subcommittee 

Areas of expertise

  • Digital and e-learning in Higher Education and Physical EducationTeaching, Learning and Assessment in Physical Education
  • Skill Learning
  • Senior School Physical Education- Assessment and Critical Pedagogy
  • Professional Learning and Development (PDL)

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • President of Physical Education New Zealand (PENZ)
  • AIESEP 2014 International Conference Organising Committee
  • Auckland Branch of Physical Educaiton New Zealand (PENZ)
  • NZQA Subject Expert for Senior School Physical Education

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Bowes, M., & Swanwich, C. (2018). ePE: Using connectivism to theorise developments in digital technology in physical education in Aotearoa/New Zealand. In J. Koekoek, I. van Hilvoorde (Eds.) Digital technology in physical education: Global perspectives. Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Routledge. 10.4324/9780203704011-12
  • Oldham, T., Millar, SK, & Bowes, M. (2017). TGFU is to constraints as recipes are to cooking: What are the differences, and potential benefits of using a constraints-led approach. Paper presented at Physical Edcuation New Zealand National Conference 2017, Tauranga, New Zealand. 10 July - 12 July 2017.
  • Dunbar, J., Samuels, E., McKay, A., Thompson, K., & Bowes, M. (2017). Making learning visible for improved student outcomes for priority learners in health and physical education. Paper presented at Physical Education New Zealand National Conference 2017, Tauranga, New Zealand. 10 July - 12 July 2017.
  • Bowes, M., & Swanwich, C. (16/10/2016). University of Auckland Educational Technology Hub: Google Hangouts [Online video], 2016, University of Auckland Studios Shortland St Auckland.
  • Miller, S. K., Bowes, M., & Cleaver, M. (2016). Why go contemporary? Skill acquisition as non-linear pedagogy. Paper presented at Physical Education New Zealand National PENZ/EONZ/NZHEA Conference, Palmerston North, New Zealand. 11 July - 13 July 2016.
  • Smith, A., Hart, S., McKay, A., & Bowes, M. (2015). Flipping research: An inquiry into making learning visible in health and physical education. Paper presented at Physical Education NZ – Education Outdoors NZ – NZ Health Education Association (PENZ – EONZ – NZHEA) 2015 Conference, Hamilton, New Zealand. 6 July - 8 July 2015. Related URL.
  • McBain, S., McKay, A., & Bowes, M. (2015). What does critical look like in HPE: Scaffolding and developing criticality from Year 7/9-13. Paper presented at PENZ - NZHEA - EONZ National Conference 2015, Hamilton, New Zealand. 6 July - 8 July 2015.
  • Bowes, M., & Tinning, R. (2015). Productive pedagogies and teachers’ professional learning in physical education. Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education, 6 (1), 93-109. 10.1080/18377122.2014.997863

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 5, Room 523
New Zealand