Dr Erin Christensen


School of Education

Career Summary


Erin recently joined the University of Newcastle in 2012 as a Lecturer in Health and Physical Education (HPE) in the School of Education. She completed her undergraduate degree in Human Movement Studies at The University of Queensland. After a number of years teaching HPE, Science and Outdoor Education in a large Queensland state secondary school she returned to The University of Queensland to undertake a PhD on beginning HPE teachers experiences of the staffroom. During the final year of her doctoral study, Erin taught Senior Health and Health and Physical Education at a Private Girl's school where she also spent time as an acting Head of Department (Sport). Drawing on narrative inquiry and qualitative approaches, Erin's doctoral work explored beginning teachers' micropolitical experiences of the staffroom/office context. This work has inspired Erin's current interests in research pertaining to narrative approaches, teaching and learning in HPE contexts, secondary-tertiary and early career academic transition.

Research Expertise
Erin's research interests concern qualitative, narrative and pragmatic approaches to understanding teaching and learning, knowledge and experience in Health and Physical Education contexts. Currently she has a strong interest in beginning teacher, secondary-tertiary and early career academic transition in Health and Physical Education.

Teaching Expertise
Erin teaches into the School’s Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Health and Physical Education program. Her teaching areas and approaches align with, inform, and are informed by, her research interests, and focus on teaching and learning in HPE contexts, inquiry based pedagogies and sociology of sport, physical activity and health and physical education.


  • PhD (Education), University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement)(Hons), University of Queensland
  • Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation, The Outlook Training & Resource Centre - Qld - RTO


  • Beginning Teachers
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Inquiry Based Pedagogies
  • Narrative Inquiry
  • Narrative approaches
  • Sociology of Sport and Physical Activity
  • Transition

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Education


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

Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Christensen E, Williams B, Occhino J, 'Understanding and acting through conversational spaces', Weaving Words: Personal and Professional Transformation through Writing as Research, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne 117-135 (2014) [B1]

Journal article (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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', PREVENTIVE MEDICINE, 74 1-8 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.ypmed.2015.02.002
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Narelle Eather, Andrew Miller, David Lubans
2013 Christensen E, 'Micropolitical staffroom stories: Beginning health and physical education teachers' experiences of the staffroom', Teaching & Teacher Education, 30 74-83 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.tate.2012.11.001
Citations Scopus - 10
2011 Lishunter, Rossi T, Tinning R, Flanagan EM, MacDonald D, 'Professional learning spaces and places: The staffroom as a site of beginning teacher transition and induction', Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 39 33-46 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/1359866X.2010.542234
Citations Scopus - 15Web of Science - 5

Conference (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Christensen EM, 'Telling stories about the potential of 'bodies' in pedagogy: An early career health and physical education academic's experience', AARE 2012 Conference Proceedings & Program (2012) [E3]
2012 Christensen EM, 'Navigating staffroom stories: Beginning health and physical education teachers' micropolitical experiences of the staffroom', AARE 2012 Conference Proceedings & Program (2012) [E3]

Dr Erin Christensen


Health & Physical Education
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email erin.m.christensen@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 5049
Fax (02) 4921 7407


Room HPE3.12
Building Health & Physical Education
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308