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Tania-CassidyAssociate Professor
DipPE, DipGrad, MPhEd (Otago) PhD (Deakin), DipTchg.
Tel +64 3 479 9070
Email tania.cassidy@otago.ac.nz

Background

Tania Cassidy is an Associate Professor in the area of Sport Pedagogy. Prior to arriving at the University of Otago in 1998 Tania studied for a PhD in the Faculty of Education at Deakin University, Victoria, Australia. Tania is the first author of a co-authored text entitled Understanding Sports Coaching: The social, cultural and pedagogical foundations of sports practice (2004, 2009, 2106; Routledge), a text that has subsequently been translated into Korean, Norwegian and Welsh. Tania is on the Editorial Boards of the following journals:

  • International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching (UK);
  • International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology (USA);
  • International Sport Coaching Journal (USA);
  • International Journal of Coaching Science (Korea);
  • Asia Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education (Australia);
  • Sports Coaching Review (UK).
  • Graduate Journal of Sport, Exercise and Physical Education Research (on-line Worcester, UK)
  • New Zealand Physical Educator 

Tania has presented at numerous international conferences including AERA, AARE, BERA, ICCE, AIESEP and PENZ and has published in scholarly and professional books and journals. As well as teaching and research Tania is involved in community initiatives, including being a board member of the Otago Academy of Sport, Football South and is a member of New Zealand Football’s Women’s sub-committee. As a consequence of Tania's community activism she is the President of the Opoho Bowling Club. She is an active hockey player and lawn bowler.

Teaching

Research

Tania's research interests are informed by both interpretive and critical perspectives and include:

  • Pedagogy of sports coaching and coach education/development
  • Youth development and sports coaching
  • Politics and policies of coach development and education

Potential postgraduate students must be interested in applying an interpretive and/or socially critical lens to above aspects of sports coaching. Please consult the University of Otago scholarships webpage to check eligibility for international and domestic student scholarships.

Postgraduate Students

Current Students

  • Yoonjin Kim (PhD)
  • Gaye McDowell (MPhEd)
  • Andrew Hewetson (MPhEd)
  • Brendon Timmins (PGDip)

Graduates

  • Anne-Marie Jackson (PhD) (with Dr Jim Williams; 2008-2011)
  • Laura Purdy (PhD) (with Dr Robyn Jones; 2001-2005)
  • Hussain Haleem (PhD) (committee member; 2001-2005)
  • Joan Merrilees (MPhEd) (2010-2014)
  • Murray Turner (MPhEd) (2004-2007)
  • Anne-Marie Jackson (MPhEd) (2004-2007)
  • Alex Calwell (MPhEd) (with Dr Paul Potrac; 2003-2004)
  • Neil Anderson (MPhEd) (with Dr Ralph Buck; 2002-2003)
  • Kiera Pennell (BPhEd Honours) (2014)
  • Hamish Rogers (BPhEd Honours) (2011-2012)
  • Jeremy Newton (BPhEd Honours) (2011-2012)
  • Claire Brown (BPhEd Honours) (2010-2011)
  • Hannah Smeaton (BPhEd Honours) (2009-2010)
  • Jane Marshall (BPhEd Honours) (2008-2009)
  • Amie O'Brien (BPhEd Honours) (2006-2007)
  • Clare Goodwin (BPhEd Honours) (2006-2007)

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Publications

Rosevear, R., & Cassidy, T. (2019). The role of character in talent identification and development in New Zealand rugby union. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1747954119847172

Cassidy, T. (2018). ‘I didn’t have to tackle humungus people’: An ecological investigation into a dispensation policy in New Zealand Junior Rugby. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1747954118769181

Kim, Y. J., Dawson, M. C., & Cassidy, T. (2018). Crafting a one-dimensional identity: Exploring the nexus between totalisation and reinvention in an elite sports environment. Sport, Education & Society. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/13573322.2018.1555660

Cassidy, T., Burrows, L., Bates, R., & Merrilees, J. (2017). 'Just doing it': A strength-based approach to coaching athletes. In G. Z. Kohe & D. M. Peters (Eds.), High performance disability sport coaching. (pp. 60-76). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Byrne, G., & Cassidy, T. (2017). “Pleased To Be Sacked”: Coach Pat Lam’s ‘learnings’ and the evolution of a professional rugby union organisation. International Sport Coaching Journal, 4(3), 326-334. doi: 10.1123/iscj.2017-0062

Authored Book - Research

Cassidy, T., Jones, R. L., & Potrac, P. (2016). Understanding sports coaching: The pedagogical, social and cultural foundations of coaching practice (3rd ed.). Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 204p.

Cassidy, T., Jones, R., & Potrac, P. (2009). Understanding sports coaching: The social, cultural and pedagogical foundations of coaching practice (2nd ed.). Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 216p.

Cassidy, T., Jones, R., & Potrac, P. (2004). Understanding sports coaching. The social, cultural and pedagogical foundations of coaching practice. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 232p.

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Authored Book - Other

Cassidy, T., Jones, R. L., & Potrac, P. (2010). Deall hyfforddi chwaraeon: Sylfeini cymdeithasol, diwylliannol a phedagogaidd ymarfer hyfforddi [Translation of Understanding sports coaching: The social, cultural and pedagogical foundations of coaching practice]. Llandysul, UK: Taylor & Francis, 232p.

Cassidy, T., Jones, R., & Potrac, P. (2006). Understanding sports coaching: The social, cultural and pedagogical foundations of coaching practice [Korean Translation]. Seoul, Korea: Daehan Media, 232p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Cassidy, T., Burrows, L., Bates, R., & Merrilees, J. (2017). 'Just doing it': A strength-based approach to coaching athletes. In G. Z. Kohe & D. M. Peters (Eds.), High performance disability sport coaching. (pp. 60-76). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Cassidy, T. (2016). The role of theory, interpretation and critical thought within qualitative sport and exercise research. In B. Smith & A. C. Sparkes (Eds.), Routledge handbook of qualitative research in sport and exercise. (pp. 397-408). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Cassidy, T., Merrilees, J., & Shaw, S. (2015). National governing bodies: Sport policy, practice and mentoring. In F. C. Chambers (Ed.), Mentoring in physical education and sports coaching. (pp. 147-154). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Cassidy, T., Jackson, A.-M., Miyahara, M., & Shemmell, J. (2014). Greta: Weaving strands to allow Greta to flourish as Greta. In K. Armour (Ed.), Pedagogical cases in physical education and youth sport. (pp. 117-129). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Cassidy, T. (2013). Holistic sports coaching: A critical essay. In P. Potrac, W. Gilbert & J. Denison (Eds.), Routledge handbook of sports coaching. (pp. 172-183). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Cassidy, T. (2013). Exploring ethics: Reflections of a university coach educator. In S. Harvey & R. L. Light (Eds.), Ethics in youth sport: Policy and pedagogical applications. (pp. 149-160). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Cassidy, T. (2010). Understanding athlete learning and coaching practice: Utilising 'practice theories' and 'theories of practice'. In J. Lyle & C. Cushion (Eds.), Sports coaching: Professionalisation and practice. (pp. 177-192). Churchill Livingstone.

Cassidy, T., & Ovens, A. (2009). Curriculum acoustics: Analysing the changing voice of the New Zealand health and physical education curriculum. In M. DinanThompson (Ed.), Health and physical education: Issues for curriculum in Australia and New Zealand. (pp. 22-37). Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.

Potrac, P., & Cassidy, T. (2006). The coach as a ′more capable other′. In R. L. Jones (Ed.), The sports coach as educator: Re-conceptualising sports coaching. (pp. 39-50). Oxon, UK: Routledge.

Cassidy, T. (2003). Understanding pedagogy and its relevance to physical educators. In B. Ross & L. Burrows (Eds.), It takes two feet: Teaching physical education and health in Aotearoa. (pp. 206-214). Palmerston North, New Zealand: Dunmore Press.

Cassidy, T. G. (2000). "Clinic" revisited: A pedagogical perspective of movement development. In M. Miyahara (Ed.), Learning from Individual Motor Development. (50th Anniversary of Movement Development Clinic). (pp. 33-37). Dunedin, New Zealand: Movement Development Clinic.

Rossi, T., & Cassidy, T. G. (1999). Knowledgeable teachers in physical education: A view of teachers' knowledge. In C. Hardy & M. Mawer (Eds.), Learning and teaching in physical education. (pp. 188-202). London: Falmer Press.

Cassidy, T. G. (1997). Researching the pedagogical process in physical education teacher education: Making the interview an issue. In J. Wright (Ed.), Researching in Physical and Health Education. (pp. 115-125). Wollongong , Australia: Faculty of Education, University of Woollongong.

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Journal - Research Article

Rosevear, R., & Cassidy, T. (2019). The role of character in talent identification and development in New Zealand rugby union. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1747954119847172

Cassidy, T. (2018). ‘I didn’t have to tackle humungus people’: An ecological investigation into a dispensation policy in New Zealand Junior Rugby. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1747954118769181

Kim, Y. J., Dawson, M. C., & Cassidy, T. (2018). Crafting a one-dimensional identity: Exploring the nexus between totalisation and reinvention in an elite sports environment. Sport, Education & Society. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/13573322.2018.1555660

Byrne, G., & Cassidy, T. (2017). “Pleased To Be Sacked”: Coach Pat Lam’s ‘learnings’ and the evolution of a professional rugby union organisation. International Sport Coaching Journal, 4(3), 326-334. doi: 10.1123/iscj.2017-0062

Pennell, K., Cassidy, T., & Gilbert, W. (2017). The ‘small town’ effect on youth athletic development: Insights from New Zealand ‘touch’. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise & Health, 9(3), 339-353. doi: 10.1080/2159676X.2017.1303789

Rogers, H., & Cassidy, T. (2015). ‘Quest for success’: The micro-politics associated with the inception and development of a secondary school sport academy. Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport & Physical Education, 6(2), 161-174. doi: 10.1080/18377122.2015.1051267

Cassidy, T., Kidman, L., & Dudfield, O. (2015). Insights into the process of creating a coach development programme: The opportunities and challenges of ethnodrama. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise & Health, 7(5), 589-605. doi: 10.1080/2159676X.2015.1012545

Denison, J., Pringle, R., Cassidy, T., & Hessian, P. (2015). Informing coaches' practices: Towards an application of Foucault's ethics. International Sport Coaching Journal, 2(1), 72-76. doi: 10.1123/iscj.2014-0147

Handcock, P., & Cassidy, T. (2014). Reflective practice for rugby union strength and conditioning coaches. Strength & Conditioning Journal, 36(1), 41-45. doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000020

Rehrer, N. J., Freeman, C., Cassidy, T., Waters, D. L., Barclay, G. E., & Wilson, N. (2011). Through the eyes of young people: Favourite places for physical activity. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 39, 492-500. doi: 10.1177/1403494811401478

Cassidy, T. (2010). Holism in sports coaching: Beyond humanistic psychology. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 5(4), 439-443. doi: 10.1260/1747-9541.5.4.439

Cassidy, T., & Kidman, L. (2010). Initiating a national coaching curriculum: A paradigmatic shift? Physical Education & Sport Pedagogy, 15(3), 307-322. doi: 10.1080/17408980903409907

Purdy, L., Jones, R., & Cassidy, T. (2009). Negotiation and capital: Athletes' use of power in an elite men's rowing program. Sport, Education & Society, 14(3), 321-338. doi: 10.1080/13573320903037796

Cassidy, T., Mallett, C., & Tinning, R. (2008). Considering conceptual orientations of coach education research: A tentative mapping. International Journal of Coaching Science, 2(2), 43-58.

Cassidy, T., Potrac, P., & McKenzie, A. (2006). Evaluating and reflecting upon a coach education initiative: The CoDe of rugby. Sport Psychologist, 20, 145-161.

Cassidy, T., Stanley, S., & Bartlett, R. (2006). Reflecting on video feedback as a tool for learning skilled movement. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 1(3), 279-288.

Cassidy, T., & Rossi, T. (2006). Situating learning: (Re)examining the notion of apprenticeship in coach education. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 1(3), 235-246.

Cassidy, T., & Tinning, R. (2004). ″Slippage″ is not a dirty word: Considering the usefulness of Giddens′ notion of knowledgeability in understanding the possibilities for teacher education. Teaching Education, 15(2), 175-188.

Cassidy, T. G. (1997). Insights into the New Zealand Health and Physical Education (HPE) curriculum from the West Island. Journal of Physical Education New Zealand, 30(1), 18-20.

Cassidy, T. (1996). The development of University Bursaries Physical Education (UBPE): Politics and timing. Journal of Physical Education New Zealand, 29(2), 4-7.

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Journal - Research Other

Cassidy, T., & Byrne, G. (2017). Beyond 'crude pragmatism' in sports coaching: Insights from C.S. Peirce, William James and John Dewey: A commentary. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 12(1), 43-45. doi: 10.1177/1747954116684218

Cassidy, T. (2017). The deconstruction and reconstruction of sports coaching: An interview with Professor Robyn Jones: A commentary. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 12(4), 436-438. doi: 10.1177/1747954117718009

Cassidy, T. (2012). Exploring the potential of assessment efficacy in sports coaching: A commentary. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 7(2), 215-217. [Commentary].

Cassidy, T. (2011). [Review of the book Physical education futures]. Sport in Society, 14(1), 146-149. doi: 10.1080/17430437.2011.530016

Cassidy, T. (2010). Understanding the change process: Valuing what it is that coaches do. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 5(2), 143-147. doi: 10.1260/1747-9541.5.2.143

Cassidy, T. (2010). Understanding the change process: Valuing what it is that coaches do [A response to commentaries]. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 5(2), 187-191. doi: 10.1260/1747-9541.5.2.187

Cassidy, T. (2009). Formal vs. informal coach education: A commentary. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 4(3), 339-341.

Cassidy, T. (2008). Clarifying the concept of communities of practice in sport: A commentary. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 3(1), 19-21.

Cassidy, T. (2007). Modelling the complexity of the coaching process: A commentary. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 2(4), 425.

Cassidy, T. (2007). [Review of the book Sport education in physical education: Research based practice]. European Physical Education Review, 13, 121.

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Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Cassidy, T., & Button, C. (2013). Guest editorial: Technologies of sport: Performance, bodies and ethics. Sports Technology, 6(4), 160. doi: 10.1080/19346182.2013.874135

Cassidy, T. (2004). Revisiting coach education (and coaching) in the twenty first century. Modern Athlete & Coach, 42(4), 12-16.

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