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Alli McKenzie image Teacher Education Fellow (Lecturer)
MEd (Cant), BEd (Otago), DTchg

Southland Campus
Tel +64 3 211 6815


I have been a teacher educator at the University of Otago, College of Education, Invercargill Campus since 2004. Prior to that I have been a tutor in the Department of Sport and Exercise at the Southern Institute of Technology, a lecturer at the Christchurch College of Education, a physical education and health advisor in Canterbury and Southland, a secondary teacher, a Head of Department in Dance, and a primary school teacher with positions in various schools.

I actively engage in opportunities to advance The Arts and Physical Education and Health in schools and participate in community physical activity, leisure and cultural pursuits.

My teaching at UOCE focuses on primary education in the curriculum areas of Physical Education, Health, Dance, Drama, Visual Arts, Technology and Maths. I also conduct Subject Studies in Visual Art, Children in Action and have been involved in Secondary Physical Education.

Teaching Areas

  • Physical Education
  • Health Education
  • Dance Education
  • Drama Education
  • Visual Arts Education
  • Technology
  • Maths Education
  • Professional Practice
  • Subject Studies in Visual Arts and Children in Action

Research Interests

  • The effects of nature on holistic health
  • Integration of curriculum areas and effective pedagogy


McKenzie, A., & McKenzie, D. (2018). The impact of targeted professional development on teachers' perception of their confidence and ability to implement the physical education curriculum. New Zealand Physical Educator, 51(2), 30-34. Journal - Research Article

Morrison, C., McKenzie, A., & Gilmore, A. (2016). Health and physical education in New Zealand primary schools. In M. Baguley (Ed.), Proceedings of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Gordon, B., Dyson, B., Cowan, J., McKenzie, A., & Shulruf, B. (2016). Teachers' perceptions of physical education in Aotearoa/New Zealand primary schools. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 51(1), 99-111. doi: 10.1007/s40841-016-0042-3 Journal - Research Article

Dyson, B., Gordon, B., Cowan, J., & McKenzie, A. (2016). External providers and their impact on primary physical education in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport & Physical Education, 7(1), 3-19. doi: 10.1080/18377122.2016.1145426 Journal - Research Article

Cowan, J., Dyson, B., Gordon, B., & McKenzie, A. (2015, April). Teachers' understandings of the use of external providers in primary school physical education in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the 29th Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) International Conference: Voices in Action: A Brighter Future, Adelaide, Australia. Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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