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Biography

Dr Andrew (Drew) Miller began lecturing at the University of Newcastle in 2012, after completion of his PhD (Human Physiology) in 2011, and is an associate of the University of Newcastle's Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition, and the Faculty of Education and Arts program - Teachers and Teaching. Dr Miller's research focus is on the professional development of primary school teachers for the improvement of teaching quality in Physical Education. Improvement of physical activity outcomes amoung primary school age students is the long-term goal of this research. Dr Miller is also engaged in the National expansion of the Exceptional Teachers in Disadvantaged Schools project, which aims to place and support high quality graduates from the University of Newcastle into traditionally disadvanted schools.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Human Physiology), University of Newcastle, 10/02/2011
  • Bachelor of Teaching/B Health & Phys Educ (Hons), University of Newcastle, 12/12/2005

Research

Research keywords

  • Elementary Physical Education
  • Exceptional Teachers in Disadvantaged Schools
  • Fundamental Movement Skills
  • Game Centred Approach
  • NETDS
  • Physical Activity
  • Physical Education
  • Primary Physical Education
  • Professional development
  • Quality Teaching
  • TGfU

Research expertise

Schools have an important role to play in promoting physical activity in youth and physical education is the primary vehicle associated with this outcome in the school setting. Through my research programs based around professional development of primary school teachers, I hope to improve the quality of physical education at a primary school level and in turn improve the long term physical activity outcomes for the children in these schools.

I advocate for stronger (than the traditional in-service) professional development models that include teacher mentoring and communities of practice for the longer term improvement of teaching practice. Taking the learning into the teacher's environment, using role modelling, feedback and having robust discussion about teaching practice can have a lasting effect on teachers and the students they teach.

I promote the use of games based teaching practices for overall student physical development in physical education. Physical Education is so much more than the replication of physical skills, and the development of the skills required to play games effectively, as well as an awareness of the sociocultural elements involved in any game played in a mixed gender, mixed ability school setting is important for all students. The use of games allows teachers to teach so much more than motor control skills and offers great opportunities to increase the quality of what's happening in a physical lesson.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
130210Physical Education And Development Curriculum And Pedagogy40
130105Primary Education (Excl. Maori)30
130313Teacher Education And Professional Development Of Educators30

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Early Childhood
  • Exceptional Teachers in Disadvantaged Schools
  • Game Centred Approaches
  • Physical Activity
  • Physical Education
  • Primary teaching

Teaching expertise

My teaching expertise is in line with my research interests. Programs developed for the mentoring and professional development of primary school teachers, and the intervention materials used for the acheivement of physical education and physical activity outcomes in childred is merged into Primary and Early Childhood Undergraduate Physical Education courses.

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Publications

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Journal article (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Morgan PJ, Collins CE, Plotnikoff RC, Callister R, Burrows T, Young MD, et al., 'The 'Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids' community randomized controlled trial: A community-based healthy lifestyle program for fathers and their children', Preventive Medicine, 61 90-99 (2014)
2011Morgan PJ, Lubans DR, Plotnikoff RC, Callister R, Burrows TL, Fletcher R, et al., 'The 'Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids' community effectiveness trial: Study protocol of a community-based healthy lifestyle program for fathers and their children', BMC Public Health, 11 876 (2011) [C3]
2009Miller AD, Callister R, 'Reliable lower limb musculoskeletal profiling using easily operated, portable equipment', Physical Therapy in Sport, 10 30-37 (2009) [C1]

Conference (6 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Snodgrass SJ, Freeman PA, MIller A, Callister R, 'Risk factors for hamstring and quadriceps strain injury in soccer and rugby league players', Journal of Physiotherapy eSupplement 2013 APA Conference Abstracts, Melbourne (2013) [E3]
2013Freeman PA, Miller A, Snodgrass SJ, Callister R, 'Predisposing risk factors for hamstring and quadriceps strain injury in male soccer and rugby league players', Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Phuket, Thailand (2013) [E3]
2011Miller AD, Morgan PJ, Lubans DR, Plotnikoff RC, Callister R, Okely AD, et al., 'Effective strategies for the recruitment of overweight men and their children into a community trial: The Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids recruitment story', Obesity Research & Clinical Practice, Adelaide (2011) [E3]
2009Callister R, Simpson N, Dyson RM, Miller AD, Morgan PJ, Lubans DR, Collins CE, 'Reliability of the ImpSFB7 bio-impedance analyser for body composition analysis', Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Brisbane, QLD (2009) [E3]
2008Callister R, Aguiar EJ, Burtonwood JT, Miller AD, 'Comparison of fitness components to performance on the Yo-Yo intermittent recovery test and the multistage fitness test', Proceedings of the 3rd Australian Association for Exercise and Sports Science Conference and the 5th Sports Dietitians Australia Update: From Research to Practice, Melbourne, VIC (2008) [E3]

Co-authors: Robin Callister

2008Miller AD, Callister R, 'Jump test monitoring and performance trends across a competitive season in professional rugby league players', Proceedings of the 3rd Australian Association for Exercise and Sports Science Conference and the 5th Sports Dietitians Australia Update: From Research to Practice, Melbourne, VIC (2008) [E3]

Co-authors: Robin Callister

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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants3
Total funding$145,750

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2014 (1 grants)

National Exceptional teachers for Disadvantaged School Projects$140,000
Funding Body: Origin Foundation

Project Team
Professor Jennifer Gore, Doctor Margot Ford, Doctor Joanne Ailwood, Doctor Drew Miller
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$140,00020142015
GNo:G1301438

2013 (2 grants)

Professional Learning for Understanding Games Education (PLUNGE) Plus.$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Drew Miller
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020132013
GNo:G1300596

AARE 2013 (Australian Association for Research in Education), Hilton Adelaide, 1-5 December 2013$750
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Drew Miller
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$75020132013
GNo:G1301068
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

No Supervisions.

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Dr Andrew (Drew) Miller

Work Phone(02) 434 84 214
Email
PositionLecturer
HPE research
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Office
EN 205,
Health and Physical Education (HPE),
Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah NSW 2258
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/andrew-miller