Alan Ovens
Dr. Alan Ovens

Education Faculty, Critical Studies in Education

The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Associate Professor



2005 Ph.D., Teacher Education, University of Queensland, Australia

1994 MED., Teacher Education, Deakin University, Australia

1981 Dip.PE., University of Otago, New Zealand

Publications (Selected)

  1. Ovens, A.& Powell, D. (2011) Minding the body in physical education, In:Brown, S. (ed.),Issues and Controversies in Physical Education: Policy, Power and Pedagogy, Auckland; Pearson
  2. Ovens (2010). The New Zealand Curriculum: emergent insights and complex renderings. Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education, 1(1) 27-32
  3. Garbett, D. & Ovens, A. (2010) Peer teaching- learning twice. InJoce Jesson, Vicki Carpenter, Margaret McLean, Maxine Stephenson, & Airini (Eds). University teaching reconsidered: justice, practice, inquiry. Auckland: Dunmore Press
  4. Ovens, A., & Tinning, R. (2009) Reflection as situated practice: A memory-work study of lived experience in teacher education', Teaching and Teacher Education, 25(8), 1125-1131
  5. Cassidy, T., & Ovens, A. (2009) Curriculum acoustics: analysing the changing voice of the New Zealand Physical Education Curriculum', In:Maree DinanThompson(ed.), Health and Physical Education and Curriculum Study: contemporary critical issues in Australia and New Zealand., Melbourne, Oxford University Press
  6. Ovens, A. (2009) Personal politics and identity in student teachers’ stories of learning to teach. In Mattos, A. (Ed) Narratives on Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Perspective, Palgrave McMillan
  7. Tinning, R., & Ovens, A. (2009). Aprender a convertirse en un docente (en formación) reflexivo. In L. Alvarez & R. Gomez (Eds.), La Educación Física y el deporte en la edad escolar: El giro reflexivo en la enseñanza (pp. 181-200).Buenos Aires, Argentina: Miño y Dávila
  8. Ovens, A. (2007) Telling stories about learning to teach, Journal of Physical Education New Zealand, 40, (3), p11-14, 2007
  9. Ovens, A. & Smith, W. (2006). Skill: Making sense of a complex concept. Journal of Physical Education New Zealand. 39(1), pp 72-82
  10. Ovens, A. (2004). School physical education: Reflections on key issues shaping the field. Waikato Journal of Education. 10, pp 27-32
  11. Ovens, A. (2003) Learning to teach through the practicum: A situated learning perspective. In Ross, B. & Burroughs, L. (Eds). Two feet walking: Perspectives on Health and Physical Education in New Zealand, Palmerston North; Dunmore Press
  12. Ovens, A. (2004). Using peer coaching and action research to structure the practicum: An analysis of student teacher perceptions. Journal of Physical Education New Zealand. 37(1), pp 45-60
  13. Ovens, A. (1996). Field Experience: An Analysis of Students' Problems. Journal of Physical Education New Zealand, Vol 29 (1); pp 17-22