Laura Alfrey


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Personal profile


Laura is a Courses Leader (Health and Physical Education) and Senior Lecturer within the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Australia. Her research focuses on teacher professional learning, curriculum development, and inclusion as it's central threads. Recent publications have explored phenomena such as fitness testing as a context for learning, and stereotypes in Physical Education.

Research interests

Laura utlises innovative approaches to explore Health and Physical Education (HPE) curriculum and pedagogy. Much of her work has been with HPE teachers (pre-service and in-service), and has focused upon the ways in which they plan, teach and assess as part of meaningful and inclusive HPE. 

Her current PhD students are exploring:

- Physical Literacy

- Informal physical activity

- Teacher online professional learning and development

External positions

Editor, Curriculum Studies in Health and Physical Education

2019 → …

International Advisory Board, European Physical Education Review

2017 → …

Research area keywords

  • Professional Learning
  • Teachers
  • Physical Education
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Sociology
  • Inclusion

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Projects 2009 2020

Research Output 2008 2019

Figuring out the prevalence of fitness testing in physical education: a figurational analysis

Alfrey, L. & Gard, M., 2019, In : European Physical Education Review. 25, 1, p. 187-202 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Intergenerational understandings of personal, social and community assets for health

O'Connor, J. P., Alfrey, L., Hall, C. & Burke, G., May 2019, In : Health and Place. 57, p. 218-227 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Policy actors and artefacts bridging the policy-practice nexus in PETE

Lambert, K., O'Connor, J., Alfrey, L. & Penney, D., 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractOther

Using a scale to explore pre-service physical education teachers’ attitudes towards difference: methodological opportunities and tensions

O'Connor, J., Alfrey, L., Jeanes, R. & Penney, D., 2019, Researching Difference in Sport and Physical Activity. Medcalf, R. & Mackintosh, C. (eds.). 1st ed. Abingdon UK: Routledge, p. 85-98 14 p. (Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review


Best Paper award for 2017 in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy journal

Laura Alfrey (Recipient), Justen O'Connor (Recipient) & Ruth Jeanes (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

First Prize: Research Poster Presentation

Laura Alfrey (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)