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Dr Drew Miller

Lecturer

School of Education (Education)

Career Summary

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.

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.

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. 


Qualifications

  • PhD (Human Physiology), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Teaching/B Health & Phys Educ (Hons), University of Newcastle

Keywords

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

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
130105 Primary Education (excl. Maori) 30
130210 Physical Education and Development Curriculum and Pedagogy 40
130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators 30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Miller A, 'Games centered approaches in teaching children & adolescents: Systematic review of associated student outcomes', Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 34 36-58 (2015)

The purpose of this systematic review was to investigate the weight of scientific evidence regarding student outcomes (physical, cognitive and affective) of a Game Centered Approa... [more]

The purpose of this systematic review was to investigate the weight of scientific evidence regarding student outcomes (physical, cognitive and affective) of a Game Centered Approach (GCA) when the quality of a study was taken into account in the interpretation of collective findings. A systematic search of five electronic databases (Sports Discuss, ERIC, A+ Education, PsychInfo and PROQUEST Education) was conducted from their year of inception to 30 January 2014. Included studies were longitudinal or experimental/quasi-experimental studies involving children or adolescents that quantitatively assessed (using repeat measures and/or comparison with a control group) the effects upon student outcomes when an intervention involved the use of a GCA. The search identified 15 articles examining the effects of GCA on student outcomes that met the criteria for inclusion. The weight of evidence provided by the included studies identified an association between a GCA and the outcomes of declarative knowledge, support during game play and affective outcomes of perceived competence, interest/enjoyment and effort/importance. Development of technical skill, procedural knowledge and game play skills of decision making and skill execution are not supported by the level of evidence currently provided. Intervention volume appears to have a large effect on the development of game based decision making and skill execution, with a positive association between these outcomes and use of GCA interventions greater than eight hours in volume. More longitudinal and intervention research examining the use of a GCA and potential psychological, physiological and behavioral outcomes in children and adolescents is recommended.

DOI 10.1123/jtpe.2013-0155
Citations Scopus - 1
2015 Miller A, Christensen EM, Eather N, Sproule J, Annis-Brown L, Lubans DR, 'The PLUNGE randomized controlled trial: evaluation of a games-based physical activity professional learning program in primary school physical education.', Prev Med, 74 1-8 (2015)
DOI 10.1016/j.ypmed.2015.02.002
Co-authors David Lubans, Narelle Eather
2014 Morgan PJ, Collins CE, Plotnikoff RC, Callister R, Burrows T, Fletcher R, 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) [C1]

Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of the 'Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids (HDHK)' program when delivered by trained facilitators in community settings. Method: A two-arm randomi... [more]

Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of the 'Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids (HDHK)' program when delivered by trained facilitators in community settings. Method: A two-arm randomized controlled trial of 93 overweight/obese fathers (mean [SD] age=40.3 [5.3] years; BMI=32.5 [3.8] kg/m2) and their primary school-aged children (n=132) from the Hunter Region, Australia. In 2010-2011, families were randomized to either: (i) HDHK intervention (n=48 fathers, n=72 children) or (ii) wait-list control group. The 7-week intervention included seven sessions and resources (booklets, pedometers). Assessments were held at baseline and 14-weeks with fathers' weight (kg) as the primary outcome. Secondary outcomes for fathers and children included waist, BMI, blood pressure, resting heart rate, physical activity (pedometry), and self-reported dietary intake and sedentary behaviors. Results: Linear mixed models (intention-to-treat) revealed significant between-group differences for fathers' weight (P < .001, d= 0.24), with HDHK fathers losing more weight (- 3.3. kg; 95%CI, - 4.3, - 2.4) than control fathers (0.1. kg; 95%CI, - 0.9,1.0). Significant treatment effects (P < .05) were also found for fathers' waist (d= 0.41), BMI (d= 0.26), resting heart rate (d= 0.59), energy intake (d= 0.49) and physical activity (d= 0.46) and for children's physical activity (d= 0.50) and adiposity (d= 0.07). Discussion: HDHK significantly improved health outcomes and behaviors in fathers and children, providing evidence for program effectiveness when delivered in a community setting. © 2014 Published by Elsevier Inc.

DOI 10.1016/j.ypmed.2013.12.019
Citations Scopus - 12Web of Science - 8
Co-authors David Lubans, Philip Morgan, Richard Fletcher, Robin Callister, Myles Young, Tracy Burrows, Clare Collins, Ron Plotnikoff
2014 Lubans DR, Plotnikoff RC, Miller A, Scott JJ, Thompson D, Tudor-Locke C, 'Using Pedometers for Measuring and Increasing Physical Activity in Children and Adolescents: The Next Step', American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, (2014)
DOI 10.1177/1559827614537774
Co-authors David Lubans, Ron Plotnikoff
2011 Morgan 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]
DOI 10.1186/1471-2458-11-876
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 5
Co-authors David Lubans, Philip Morgan, Richard Fletcher, Robin Callister, Myles Young, Ron Plotnikoff, Clare Collins, Tracy Burrows
2009 Miller AD, Callister R, 'Reliable lower limb musculoskeletal profiling using easily operated, portable equipment', Physical Therapy in Sport, 10 30-37 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.ptsp.2008.10.003
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Robin Callister
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Conference (8 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Freeman P, Miller A, Snodgrass S, Callister R, 'Predisposing risk factors for hamstring and quadriceps strain injury in male football and rugby league players', Physiotherapy (2015)
DOI 10.1016/j.physio.2015.03.2682
Co-authors Robin Callister, Suzanne Snodgrass
2013 Snodgrass 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]
Co-authors Robin Callister, Suzanne Snodgrass
2013 Freeman 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]
Co-authors Robin Callister, Suzanne Snodgrass
2011 Miller 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]
Co-authors Philip Morgan, Richard Fletcher, Robin Callister, Myles Young, Tracy Burrows, Ron Plotnikoff, Clare Collins, David Lubans
2010 Callister R, Miller A, Aguiar EJ, Dascombe B, Smith C, Clark L, Rogers T, 'Blood lactate levels support classification of the 300 m shuttle run as an anaerobic capacity field test', Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 2010, 13(S1): e30-31., Port Douglas, Australia (2010)
DOI 10.1016/j.jsams.2010.10.525
Co-authors Ben Dascombe, Robin Callister
2009 Callister 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]
Co-authors Philip Morgan, David Lubans, Clare Collins, Robin Callister
2008 Miller 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
2008 Callister 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
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 8
Total funding $447,250

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20151 grants / $2,000

2015 International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP): International Conference, Madrid Spain, 8-11 July 2015$2,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Drew Miller
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500595
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20145 grants / $439,500

National Exceptional teachers for Disadvantaged School Projects$140,000

Funding body: Origin Foundation

Funding body Origin Foundation
Project Team Professor Jennifer Gore, Doctor Margot Ford, Doctor Joanne Ailwood, Doctor Drew Miller
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301438
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON Y

National Exceptional teachers for Disadvantaged School Projects$140,000

Funding body: Origin Foundation

Funding body Origin Foundation
Project Team Professor Jennifer Gore, Doctor Margot Ford, Doctor Joanne Ailwood, Doctor Drew Miller
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301438
Type Of Funding Donation - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFD
UON Y

National Exceptional teachers for Disadvantaged School Projects$140,000

Funding body: Origin Foundation

Funding body Origin Foundation
Project Team Professor Jennifer Gore, Doctor Margot Ford, Doctor Joanne Ailwood, Doctor Drew Miller
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301438
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON Y

The Quality Teaching Professional Learning Project$18,000

Funding body: Catholic Schools Office - Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle

Funding body Catholic Schools Office - Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Drew Miller, Ms Cheryl Williams
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1401205
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Scottish Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 19 - 21 November 2014.$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Drew Miller
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400888
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20132 grants / $5,750

Professional Learning for Understanding Games Education (PLUNGE) Plus.$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Drew Miller
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300596
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Drew Miller
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1301068
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Dr Drew Miller

Position

Lecturer
HPE research
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Education

Contact Details

Email andrew.miller@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 434 84 214

Office

Room EN 205
Building Health and Physical Education (HPE)
Location Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258
Australia
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