Dr Steve Georgakis

MEd(HigherEd)(Sydney), PhD(Sydney), BEd(Hons)(Sydney)
Senior lecturer of pedagogy and sports studies

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 93516337
Fax +61 2 93514580

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Biographical details

Steve was appointed to the Faculty of Education and Social Work in 2002 and has a long standing interest and passion in physical education and school sport, teacher education, history and sociology of sport and pedagogy for learning. He served as program director of the Human Movement and Health Education Program and has taught in all undergraduate teaching programs in the Faculty including primary undergraduate, primary and secondary M-teach, double degree, general education and study abroad.

An advocate of the all-round University experience, Steve played a significant role in the Interfacultysportteam which won the Penfold Shield in 2007-08, 2010-12. The author of more than 50 academic publications, he has published on wide and varied aspects of physical education and sports studies including archaeology, history, sociology, pedagogy, comparative and international. His latest publication is the co-authored edited book Youth Sport in Australia.

In 2014, Steve is coordinating the following units: eduh4058 Sport, Learning and Australian Culture (study abroad); eduhf3023 Sport: Contemporary Educational Issues (general education); eduh2017 Pedagogy for Physical Education 2 (HMHE); eduh3018 Pedagogy for Physical Education 3 (HMHE); and edup2004 PDHPE 1: Physical Activity (primary). Steve is also supervisingsix honours projexts.

Research interests

Health and sport

  • History and sociology of sport

Research on teaching and learning

  • Health and physical education and development
  • Learning and teaching in higher education

Current projects

  • Title: A history of the NSW Public School Sport 1881-2014. This project traces the history of public school sport in NSW and theorises the role and organisation of Public School Sport since the establishment of compulsory public education. The project involves the location of both primary and secondary sources and an oral history project.
  • Title: 'Game Sense' Makes Sense: Developing inclusive physical education and sport pedagogy - a practical guide for teachers and coaches. This project provides a roadmap for introducing and incorporating games and sports into the primary and secondary physical education and school sport curriculum.

Associations

  • Editorial Board of Asian Journal of Exercise and Sports Science

  • President of the Human Movement and Health Education Alumni Chapter at the University of Sydney

  • Journal Reviewer for over 10 scientific journals.

  • Publishing House Book / Manuscript reviewer for Cengage, Pearson, Cambridge and Oxford.

  • Organising Committee of IASK - International Association for the Scientific Knowledge

Awards and honours

  • Thomas T. Roberts Travelling Fellowship (2006).

  • University of Sydney Sesqui R & D Grant (2004)

  • Greek Government Education Fellowship (2007)

  • Australian Olympic Committee Fellowship Olympia (2004)

Selected grants

2004

  • Sport at the University of Sydney 1852-2002: a study of the values and organisation of sport in Australian higher education; Georgakis S; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Newly Appointed Staff (NAS).

2003

  • Multimedia Authoring & Editing Equipment; Anderson M, Gibson R, Dufficy P, Georgakis S, Harbon L, Pickup M, O'Connor D, Simpson A, Unsworth L, Thomas A; University of Sydney/Major Equipment.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Sherington, G., Georgakis, S. (2008). Sydney University Sport 1852-2007: more than a club. Sydney: Sydney University Press.

Edited Books

  • Georgakis, S., Russell, K. (2011). Youth Sport in Australia. Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Georgakis, S., Wilson, R. (2014). Physical education in sport-obsessed Australia: Implementing dimensions of public health and sustainable development. In M-K. Chin and C. R. Edginton (Eds.), Physical Education and Health: Global Perspectives and Best Practice, (pp. 15-27). Urbana, IL: Sagamore Publishing LLC.
  • Bagnall, N., Georgakis, S. (2011). Internationalisation, International Education and Technology: Enhancing Learning Approaches in Australian higher education. In Athina Lazakidou & Ibrahiem El Emary (Eds.), Learning-Oriented Technologies, Devices And Networks, (pp. 211-222). Germany: LAP - LAMBERT Academic Publishing.
  • Georgakis, S. (2011). The role of educational institutions in Australian sport. In S. Georgakis and K. Russell (Eds.), Youth Sport in Australia, (pp. 27-42). Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Georgakis, S. (2004). Greek Athletics Outside Greece. In Steve Georgakis (Eds.), Back to Olympia: The Olympic Games Across Four Millennia 2000-2004, (pp. 91-104). Croydon: Joba Press Pty Ltd.
  • Georgakis, S. (2004). The Olympic Games 394Ad - 1896Ad. In Steve Georgakis (Eds.), Back to Olympia: The Olympic Games Across Four Millennia 2000-2004, (pp. 33-45). Croydon: Joba Press Pty Ltd.

Journals

  • Georgakis, S., Wilson, R., Evans, J. (2015). Authentic assessment in physical education: A case study of Game Sense pedagogy. The Physical Educator, 72(1), 67-86. [More Information]
  • Georgakis, S., Molloy, S. (2015). From old soccer to new football? Expert accounts of transformations on the world game in Australia post-Crawford Report. Soccer and Society, Online first. [More Information]
  • Evans, J., Wilson, R., Dalton, B., Georgakis, S. (2015). Indigenous participation in Australian sport: The perils of the ‘panacea’ proposition. Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 7(1), 53-77. [More Information]
  • Georgakis, S., Evans, J., Warwick, L. (2015). The academic achievement of elite athletes at Australian schools. Journal of Education and Training Studies, 3(1), 84-97. [More Information]
  • Georgakis, S., Hitcheson, J. (2014). The 'games playing ethos' in Australian Independent Girls' Schools: From origins to the National Curriculum. Sport in Society, 17(6), 706-721. [More Information]
  • Georgakis, S., Wilson, R., Ferguson, J. (2014). The academic achievement of elite athletes at an Australian university: Debunking the dumb jock syndrome. International Journal of Higher Education, 3(2), 120-130. [More Information]
  • Georgakis, S. (2013). Valuable Steps: A History of Physical Education in Victoria (Book review). History of Education Review, 42(2), 217-218.
  • Wilson, R., Georgakis, S., Sharma, M. (2012). Approaches to Learning in First Year University Physics. Journal of Social Sciences, 8(2), 216-222. [More Information]
  • Georgakis, S., Wilson, R. (2012). Australian Physical Education and School Sport: An Exploration into Contemporary Assessment. Asian Journal of Exercise and Sports Science, 9(1), 37-52.
  • Georgakis, S., Wilson, R., Hu, X. (2011). Addressing the teaching and learning challenges of 'service courses': A case study of pedagogical reform and innovation. International Journal of Learning, 18(1), 233-244.
  • Georgakis, S. (2011). Football Phoenix: The story of the Panhellenic / Sydney Olympic Football Club 1957-2011. Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand), 15, 187-206.
  • Wilson, R., Georgakis, S., Hu, X. (2011). Meeting the challenges of electrical engineering service courses. Australasian Journal of Engineering Education, 17(2), 91-100.
  • Georgakis, S., Wilson, R. (2011). Teacher Shortage and Newly Qualified Teachers in Australia: A Physical and Health Education Case Study. Journal of Physical Education and Sport, 11(4), 393-400.
  • Georgakis, S., Wilson, R. (2010). A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body? Australian University Sport in the 21st Century. Journal of the World Universities Forum, 3(4), 45-55.
  • Georgakis, S., Light, R. (2010). Football and Culture in the Antipodes: The Rise and Consolidation of Football in Greek Culture and Society. Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand), 14(1), 271-286.
  • Gunawardena, H., Wilson, R., Georgakis, S., Bagnall, N. (2010). Homogeneity, permanent residency and racism: Experiences of Indian students at an Australian Sandstone University. International Journal of Intercultural Information Management, 2(2), 164-177. [More Information]
  • Georgakis, S. (2010). The Cinderella Story: Physical Education at Australian Universities. International Journal of Sport and Society, 1(1), 149-157.
  • Georgakis, S., Light, R. (2010). The outdoor classroom: School camping as education in NSW 1890-1960s. Australian Journal of Outdoor Education, 14(1), 3-12.
  • Georgakis, S., Light, R. (2009). Sydney University men and their role in the development of sport in Australia from 1852 to 1914. Asian Journal of Exercise and Sports Science, 6(1), 45-52.
  • Georgakis, S., Light, R. (2009). Visual data collection methods for research on the affective dimensions of children's personal experiences of PE. ACHPER Healthy Lifestyles Journal, 56(3/4), 23-27.
  • Light, R., Georgakis, S. (2008). Responses of Study Abroad Students in Australia to Experience-based Pedagogy in Sport Studies. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 1(2), 1-15.
  • Light, R., Georgakis, S. (2007). Sport Pedagogy, masculinity and the possibilities for expression and creativity in school rugby. Journal of Artistic and Creative Education, 1(2), 24-45.
  • Light, R., Georgakis, S. (2007). The effect of Game Sense pedagogy on primary school pre-service teachers' attitudes to teaching physical education. ACHPER Healthy Lifestyles Journal, 54(1), 24-28.
  • Light, R., Georgakis, S. (2006). "Lest we forget": Sport in the cultural memory of Australians. Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand), Culture and Memory(Special Issue on Culture and Memory), 234-245.
  • Anderson, M., Georgakis, S. (2006). The Bacchae at Bondi: Greek Drama in Australian Education and Culture. Education and Theatre Journal, 6, 27-34.
  • Georgakis, S. (2006). The place and function of sport in Australian universities: Sport at the University of Sydney. Change: Transformations in Education, 9(1), 39-48.
  • Light, R., Georgakis, S. (2005). Integrating theory and practice in teacher education: The impact of a Game Sense unit on female pre-service primary teachers' attitudes towards teaching physical education. Journal of Physical Education New Zealand, 38(1), 67-80.
  • Georgakis, S., Light, R. (2005). The Athens of the South: Sport in Australian Society. Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand), 13, 58-74.
  • Georgakis, S. (2003). Sporting links: The greek diaspora and the modern Olympic games. Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand), 11, 270-278.
  • Georgakis, S. (2002). Sport and the global Greeks. Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand), 10, 118-124.
  • Georgakis, S. (2002). T.S.Eliot, Giorgos Seferis and the Anzacs. Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand), 10, 114-118.

Conferences

  • Wilson, R., Georgakis, S. (2011). Revitalising Comparative Education through Mixed Method Methodology Research. 9th International Conference on Comparative Education and Teacher Training organized by the Bulgarian Comparative Education Society (BCES), 2011, Bulgaria: Bureau for Educational Services.
  • Georgakis, S., Wilson, R. (2011). The Greek Youth Sport System in Australia. 7th International Conference on Education (ICE 2011), Athens, Greece: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.
  • Wilson, R., Sharma, M., Stewart, C., Georgakis, S. (2011). The relationship between school curriculum and university students' conceptions of their subject. 7th International Conference on Education (ICE 2011), Athens, Greece: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.
  • Georgakis, S. (2010). Comparative Physical Education Pedagogy in Teacher Training: Innovation in Comparative Education. 8th International Comparative Education and Teacher Training Conference 2010, Bulgaria: Bureau for Educational Services.
  • Wilson, R., Sutton, B., Georgakis, S. (2010). Student entry mode and first year attainment at an Australian university. IASK International Conference Teaching and Learning 2010, Seville, Spain: International Association for Scientific Knowledge.
  • Georgakis, S., Wilson, R. (2010). Teacher shortage and Employment Opportunities for Newly Qualified Australian Physical and Health Education Teachers. III International Conference of Physical Education and Sports Science, Singapore: Nanyang Technological University.
  • Gunawardena, H., Bagnall, N., Georgakis, S., Wilson, R. (2009). The Educational and Socio-Cultural Experience of Indian Students at an Australian Metropolitan University: Why Urgent Review Is Needed. IASK International Conference Teaching and Learning TL 2009, Portugal: International Association for Scientific Knowledge.
  • Light, R., Georgakis, S. (2008). Invasion Games in Physical Education: Assessing Knowledge-in-Action in using the Team Sport Assessment Procedure. Authentic Assessment Practices for Student Learning Conference, Sydney: University of Sydney.
  • Georgakis, S. (2007). From Drills to Skills to Game Sense: The Meta-cognitive Revolution in Physical Education. Asia Pacific Conference on Teaching Sport and Physical Education for Understanding 2006, Sydney: University of Sydney.
  • Light, R., Georgakis, S. (2006). Can 'Game Sense' make a difference? Australian pre-service primary school teachers' responses to 'Game Sense' pedagogy in two teacher education programs. AARE International Education Research Conference 2005, Australia: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).
  • Light, R., Georgakis, S. (2005). 'Taking away the scary factor': Female pre-service primary school teachers' responses to game sense pedagogy in physical education. Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual Conference - HERDSA 2005, Sydney: Institute for Teaching and Learning.

Other

  • Georgakis, S., Nauright, J. (2012), Creating the "Scarecrow": The 2004 Athens Olympic Games and the Greek Financial Crisis (Working Paper). The Center for the Study of Sport and Leisure in Society, George Mason University.

2015

  • Georgakis, S., Wilson, R., Evans, J. (2015). Authentic assessment in physical education: A case study of Game Sense pedagogy. The Physical Educator, 72(1), 67-86. [More Information]
  • Georgakis, S., Molloy, S. (2015). From old soccer to new football? Expert accounts of transformations on the world game in Australia post-Crawford Report. Soccer and Society, Online first. [More Information]
  • Evans, J., Wilson, R., Dalton, B., Georgakis, S. (2015). Indigenous participation in Australian sport: The perils of the ‘panacea’ proposition. Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 7(1), 53-77. [More Information]
  • Georgakis, S., Evans, J., Warwick, L. (2015). The academic achievement of elite athletes at Australian schools. Journal of Education and Training Studies, 3(1), 84-97. [More Information]

2014

  • Georgakis, S., Wilson, R. (2014). Physical education in sport-obsessed Australia: Implementing dimensions of public health and sustainable development. In M-K. Chin and C. R. Edginton (Eds.), Physical Education and Health: Global Perspectives and Best Practice, (pp. 15-27). Urbana, IL: Sagamore Publishing LLC.
  • Georgakis, S., Hitcheson, J. (2014). The 'games playing ethos' in Australian Independent Girls' Schools: From origins to the National Curriculum. Sport in Society, 17(6), 706-721. [More Information]
  • Georgakis, S., Wilson, R., Ferguson, J. (2014). The academic achievement of elite athletes at an Australian university: Debunking the dumb jock syndrome. International Journal of Higher Education, 3(2), 120-130. [More Information]

2013

  • Georgakis, S. (2013). Valuable Steps: A History of Physical Education in Victoria (Book review). History of Education Review, 42(2), 217-218.

2012

  • Wilson, R., Georgakis, S., Sharma, M. (2012). Approaches to Learning in First Year University Physics. Journal of Social Sciences, 8(2), 216-222. [More Information]
  • Georgakis, S., Wilson, R. (2012). Australian Physical Education and School Sport: An Exploration into Contemporary Assessment. Asian Journal of Exercise and Sports Science, 9(1), 37-52.
  • Georgakis, S., Nauright, J. (2012), Creating the "Scarecrow": The 2004 Athens Olympic Games and the Greek Financial Crisis (Working Paper). The Center for the Study of Sport and Leisure in Society, George Mason University.

2011

  • Georgakis, S., Wilson, R., Hu, X. (2011). Addressing the teaching and learning challenges of 'service courses': A case study of pedagogical reform and innovation. International Journal of Learning, 18(1), 233-244.
  • Georgakis, S. (2011). Football Phoenix: The story of the Panhellenic / Sydney Olympic Football Club 1957-2011. Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand), 15, 187-206.
  • Bagnall, N., Georgakis, S. (2011). Internationalisation, International Education and Technology: Enhancing Learning Approaches in Australian higher education. In Athina Lazakidou & Ibrahiem El Emary (Eds.), Learning-Oriented Technologies, Devices And Networks, (pp. 211-222). Germany: LAP - LAMBERT Academic Publishing.
  • Wilson, R., Georgakis, S., Hu, X. (2011). Meeting the challenges of electrical engineering service courses. Australasian Journal of Engineering Education, 17(2), 91-100.
  • Wilson, R., Georgakis, S. (2011). Revitalising Comparative Education through Mixed Method Methodology Research. 9th International Conference on Comparative Education and Teacher Training organized by the Bulgarian Comparative Education Society (BCES), 2011, Bulgaria: Bureau for Educational Services.
  • Georgakis, S., Wilson, R. (2011). Teacher Shortage and Newly Qualified Teachers in Australia: A Physical and Health Education Case Study. Journal of Physical Education and Sport, 11(4), 393-400.
  • Georgakis, S., Wilson, R. (2011). The Greek Youth Sport System in Australia. 7th International Conference on Education (ICE 2011), Athens, Greece: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.
  • Wilson, R., Sharma, M., Stewart, C., Georgakis, S. (2011). The relationship between school curriculum and university students' conceptions of their subject. 7th International Conference on Education (ICE 2011), Athens, Greece: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.
  • Georgakis, S. (2011). The role of educational institutions in Australian sport. In S. Georgakis and K. Russell (Eds.), Youth Sport in Australia, (pp. 27-42). Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Georgakis, S., Russell, K. (2011). Youth Sport in Australia. Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.

2010

  • Georgakis, S., Wilson, R. (2010). A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body? Australian University Sport in the 21st Century. Journal of the World Universities Forum, 3(4), 45-55.
  • Georgakis, S. (2010). Comparative Physical Education Pedagogy in Teacher Training: Innovation in Comparative Education. 8th International Comparative Education and Teacher Training Conference 2010, Bulgaria: Bureau for Educational Services.
  • Georgakis, S., Light, R. (2010). Football and Culture in the Antipodes: The Rise and Consolidation of Football in Greek Culture and Society. Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand), 14(1), 271-286.
  • Gunawardena, H., Wilson, R., Georgakis, S., Bagnall, N. (2010). Homogeneity, permanent residency and racism: Experiences of Indian students at an Australian Sandstone University. International Journal of Intercultural Information Management, 2(2), 164-177. [More Information]
  • Wilson, R., Sutton, B., Georgakis, S. (2010). Student entry mode and first year attainment at an Australian university. IASK International Conference Teaching and Learning 2010, Seville, Spain: International Association for Scientific Knowledge.
  • Georgakis, S., Wilson, R. (2010). Teacher shortage and Employment Opportunities for Newly Qualified Australian Physical and Health Education Teachers. III International Conference of Physical Education and Sports Science, Singapore: Nanyang Technological University.
  • Georgakis, S. (2010). The Cinderella Story: Physical Education at Australian Universities. International Journal of Sport and Society, 1(1), 149-157.
  • Georgakis, S., Light, R. (2010). The outdoor classroom: School camping as education in NSW 1890-1960s. Australian Journal of Outdoor Education, 14(1), 3-12.

2009

  • Georgakis, S., Light, R. (2009). Sydney University men and their role in the development of sport in Australia from 1852 to 1914. Asian Journal of Exercise and Sports Science, 6(1), 45-52.
  • Gunawardena, H., Bagnall, N., Georgakis, S., Wilson, R. (2009). The Educational and Socio-Cultural Experience of Indian Students at an Australian Metropolitan University: Why Urgent Review Is Needed. IASK International Conference Teaching and Learning TL 2009, Portugal: International Association for Scientific Knowledge.
  • Georgakis, S., Light, R. (2009). Visual data collection methods for research on the affective dimensions of children's personal experiences of PE. ACHPER Healthy Lifestyles Journal, 56(3/4), 23-27.

2008

  • Light, R., Georgakis, S. (2008). Invasion Games in Physical Education: Assessing Knowledge-in-Action in using the Team Sport Assessment Procedure. Authentic Assessment Practices for Student Learning Conference, Sydney: University of Sydney.
  • Light, R., Georgakis, S. (2008). Responses of Study Abroad Students in Australia to Experience-based Pedagogy in Sport Studies. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 1(2), 1-15.
  • Sherington, G., Georgakis, S. (2008). Sydney University Sport 1852-2007: more than a club. Sydney: Sydney University Press.

2007

  • Georgakis, S. (2007). From Drills to Skills to Game Sense: The Meta-cognitive Revolution in Physical Education. Asia Pacific Conference on Teaching Sport and Physical Education for Understanding 2006, Sydney: University of Sydney.
  • Light, R., Georgakis, S. (2007). Sport Pedagogy, masculinity and the possibilities for expression and creativity in school rugby. Journal of Artistic and Creative Education, 1(2), 24-45.
  • Light, R., Georgakis, S. (2007). The effect of Game Sense pedagogy on primary school pre-service teachers' attitudes to teaching physical education. ACHPER Healthy Lifestyles Journal, 54(1), 24-28.

2006

  • Light, R., Georgakis, S. (2006). "Lest we forget": Sport in the cultural memory of Australians. Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand), Culture and Memory(Special Issue on Culture and Memory), 234-245.
  • Light, R., Georgakis, S. (2006). Can 'Game Sense' make a difference? Australian pre-service primary school teachers' responses to 'Game Sense' pedagogy in two teacher education programs. AARE International Education Research Conference 2005, Australia: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).
  • Anderson, M., Georgakis, S. (2006). The Bacchae at Bondi: Greek Drama in Australian Education and Culture. Education and Theatre Journal, 6, 27-34.
  • Georgakis, S. (2006). The place and function of sport in Australian universities: Sport at the University of Sydney. Change: Transformations in Education, 9(1), 39-48.

2005

  • Light, R., Georgakis, S. (2005). 'Taking away the scary factor': Female pre-service primary school teachers' responses to game sense pedagogy in physical education. Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual Conference - HERDSA 2005, Sydney: Institute for Teaching and Learning.
  • Light, R., Georgakis, S. (2005). Integrating theory and practice in teacher education: The impact of a Game Sense unit on female pre-service primary teachers' attitudes towards teaching physical education. Journal of Physical Education New Zealand, 38(1), 67-80.
  • Georgakis, S., Light, R. (2005). The Athens of the South: Sport in Australian Society. Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand), 13, 58-74.

2004

  • Georgakis, S. (2004). Greek Athletics Outside Greece. In Steve Georgakis (Eds.), Back to Olympia: The Olympic Games Across Four Millennia 2000-2004, (pp. 91-104). Croydon: Joba Press Pty Ltd.
  • Georgakis, S. (2004). The Olympic Games 394Ad - 1896Ad. In Steve Georgakis (Eds.), Back to Olympia: The Olympic Games Across Four Millennia 2000-2004, (pp. 33-45). Croydon: Joba Press Pty Ltd.

2003

  • Georgakis, S. (2003). Sporting links: The greek diaspora and the modern Olympic games. Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand), 11, 270-278.

2002

  • Georgakis, S. (2002). Sport and the global Greeks. Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand), 10, 118-124.
  • Georgakis, S. (2002). T.S.Eliot, Giorgos Seferis and the Anzacs. Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand), 10, 114-118.

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