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Dawn Penney is Professor of Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy at Monash University, Australia; and an Honorary Visiting Fellow in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Loughborough University, UK.

Dawn gained her PhD from the University of Southampton, UK, in 1994 and has held positions in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. She is recognized internationally for her work in policy and curriculum development in Health and Physical Education. Much of Dawn's work has sought to strengthen links between research, policy and curriculum development, and professional learning activities, through collaborations with government agencies, curriculum authorities and teachers. Issues of equity and inclusion in physical education and sport remain key agendas in her research.

Dawn has supervised domestic and international masters and doctoral students to completions in the areas of Health and Physical Education curriculum, pedagogy and assessment; physical education teacher education; and coaching pedagogy. She actively supports research students to achieve academic publications and extend their professional networks. 

Dawn's publications include influential texts in the field of Health and Physical Education, many academic journal papers and professional publications. Her books reflect the scope of her research interests: Politics, policy and practice in Physical Education (1999, EandFN Spon, an imprint of Routledge); Gender and Physical Education: Contemporary issues and future directions (Routledge, 2002); Sport Education in Physical Education: Research based practice (Routledge, 2005); Assessment in Physical Education: A sociocultural perspective (Routledge, 2013); School Health Education in changing times: Curriculum, pedagogy and partnerships (Routledge, 2016). Dawn is one of the associate editors for the Routledge Handbook of Physical Education Pedagogies (Routledge, 2017) and a contributing author to the Routledge Education Policy collection, edited by Stephen Ball (2017).


Research interests

  • Health and Physical Education policy and curriculum 
  • Pedagogy and assessment in Health and Physical Education
  • Equity and Inclusion in education and sport
  • Sport, physical activity and health and wellbeing
  • Physical education teacher education

Supervision interests

Health and Physical Education Policy and Curriculum: Enacting new curriculum requirements in schools and extending equity and inclusion in HPE. 

Assessment in HPE: The role of assessment in curriculum renewal; Assessment and equity in HPE; Using new technologies in assessment.  

HPE and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport: Changing curriculum to match changing patterns of participation and to address issues of equity and inclusion in physical activity and sport. 

Policy developments across sport, health and education: Strengthening alignment to support inclusive and sustainable participation.

Ethical leadership in education and sport settings. 

Research area keywords

  • Education Policy
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Curriculum
  • Assessment
  • Sport
  • Leadership

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Research Output

Curriculum interpretation and policy enactment in health and physical education: researching teacher educators as policy actors

Lambert, K. & Penney, D., May 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Sport, Education and Society. 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

"I feel we are inclusive enough": examining swimming coaches' understandings of inclusion and disability

Hammond, A., Jeanes, R., Penney, D. & Leahy, D., Dec 2019, In : Sociology of Sport Journal. 36, 4, p. 311-321 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Managing informal sport participation: tensions and opportunities

Jeanes, R., Spaaij, R., Penney, D. & O’Connor, J., 2019, In : International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics. 11, 1, p. 79-95 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

6 Citations (Scopus)


  • 1 Contribution to conference
  • 1 Editorial responsibility

International Sociology of Sport Association Conference

Ruth Jeanes (Speaker), , Dawn Penney (Speaker), , Ramon Spaaj (Speaker), & Justen O'Connor (Speaker)

Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education (Journal)

Trent Brown (Guest editor), & Dawn Penney (Guest editor)


Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility