Mrs Margot Isabel Bowes

MPhil, DipPE, DipTchg


Margot Bowes has been a lecturer in Physical Education at the Faculty of Education since 2003 and is in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy. Margot has over 25 years of experience in physical education as a teacher, HOD, Senior Manager, lecturer and subject expert to NZQA and Ministry of Education. Margot currently lectures courses in the Bachelor of Physical Education, 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 awarded the inaugral CLeaR Fellowship for the Faculty of Education for 2014.

Margot’s research expertise and publications are in four key areas: Critical Pedagogies  and Assessment for teaching and learning in senior school physical education; Digital and e-learning in Physical Education; Teacher professional Learning and Development (PLD)and Skill Acquisition. Margot is currently researching Skill Acquisition for the PhD. 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 and phenomological constructs for assessment of SSPE 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 HPSS 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.

They will gather and analyze baseline achievement data (HPE Curriculum Levels and SOLO levels) for their PL’s in years 9-11, and inquire into how they can use innovative Visible Learning Pedagogy (VLP) to make the learning space between curriculum, pedagogy and assessment explicit (visible) to improve student outcomes and achievement for them.

Margot's other reseach is around Skill Acquisition which is her PhD project. The study is that SA for PE is predominantly being taught in SSPE classrooms using very old knowledge around information processing rather than as dynmaical system and a conatraints led appraoch. Focus of my PHd  why is this 15 years of teaching SA Hunch is that if we can encourage PE teachers to be critique biophysical knowledge change the assessment standard we might change practice 



Teaching | Current

  • EDCURRIC 235 Senior School Health and Physical Education
  • EDCURSEC 608 Physical Education Curriculum
  • EDPROFST 214 Assessment for Learning and Teaching


  • 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


  • School of Curriculum and Pedagogy Research Committee
  • CLeaR Fellowship 2014
  • Teacher Education Programmes
  • Bachelor of Physical Education Subcommittee 

Areas of expertise

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

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., & 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
  • Bowes, M. I. (2015). Skill Acquisition for Senior School Physical Education -Upskilling for the 21 st Century. Paper presented at Physical Education New Zealand National Conference, Hamilton, New Zealand. 6 July - 8 July 2015.
  • Bowes, M., Gunn, C., & Turner, S. (2015). CLeaR Thinking: Teaching for Tomorrow’s University Today. Paper presented at International Study Association of Teachers and Teaching (ISATT), Auckland, New Zealand. 13 July - 17 July 2015.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cathy Gunn
  • Matthewman, S., Bowes, M., Burchill, D., Heap, R., & Tickner, S. (2015). The Digital Challenges to Curriculum Thinking. In J. Morgan (Ed.) The 21st Century Curriculum? (pp. 107-121). Auckland: Edify.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Denis Burchill, Sue Tickner, Sasha Matthewman, Rena Heap
  • Gunn, C., Cairns, T., & Ramsay, R. (Eds.) (2015). Substitution to transformation In Gunn, C. Cairns, T. & Ramsay, R. (Eds) Reflections on rethinking the classroom: Interactive teaching and learning :A collection of teaching cases from the 2014 CLeaR Fellows and colleagues Auckland, New Zealand: Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education (CLeaR), University of Auckland, 2015. 43-46. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cathy Gunn
  • Bowes, M., Mckay, A., & Thompson, K. (2015). Flipping research: A model for future-focused research making learning visible in health and physical education. Values into Action - A Brighter Future: Edited Proceedings of the 29th ACHPER International conference, 58-66. Adelaide, Australia: Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation, SA Branch Inc.. 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 Physical Education National Conference, Hamilton, New Zealand. 6 July - 8 July 2015.
  • Bowes, M., & Ovens, A. P. (2014). Curriculum rhythm and HPE practice: Making sense of a complex relationship. Teachers and Curriculum, 14, 21-28. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Alan Ovens

Contact details

Primary location

Level 5, Room 523
New Zealand