Dr Wayne Cotton

GradCertEdStud(Higher Education)(Sydney), BEd(UOW), MEd(UOW), MCompStud(UOW), PhD(UOW)
Director, Study Abroad
Program Director, Human Movement and Health Education
Senior Lecturer, Human Movement and Health Education

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 93516278
Fax +61 2 93514580

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Biographical details

Born in rural New Zealand, Wayne spent most of his youth exploring the mountains, hills and rivers of the central North Island.After finishing school, he was ready for new challenges, so he crossed the Tasman, studied Physical and Health Education and began his teaching career at Hoxton Park High School. Shortly afterwards he successfully applied to become an Outdoor Education teacher at The Scots College’s Glengarry campus.

After five years Wayne moved to Victoria to take on the role of Head of Outdoor Education at Geelong Grammar School’s Timbertop Campus. Three terms later, an injury saw Wayne return to University where he completed his PhD.

Prior to taking up his role with the faculty, Wayne was making a living from leading expeditions to remote locations around the globe and working as a consultant in the outdoor industry.

Research interests

Health and sport

  • Health promotion
  • Sports performance
  • Outdoor Education

Learning sciences; psychology of education

  • Learning technologies and new media

Keywords: experiential education, coaching, physical activity, ICT, learning designs, learning objects, web quests

Current research students

Project title Degree Research student
Team performance indicators in 7 aside rugby union and the impact of statistical evidence on coaching programs. PhD James BARKELL
Evaluation of facilitation methods seeking to improve positive youth development outcomes within a school-based Army Cadet program PhD Andrew MANSFIELD
'Pathways to Olympic success' PhD Kristy O'NEILL
Promoting Fitness not Fatness, a program aimed at reducing anti-fat attitudes and weight prejudice among trainee health and physical education teachers. PhD Thea WERKHOVEN

Current projects

  • The Girls in Sport program is an initiative of the Premier's Sporting Challenge. This longitudinal research project will be implemented over three years and commenced in October 2008.The aim of the project is to increase the moderate to vigorous physical activity levels of girls in Years 7-10 in selected NSW secondary schools.The longitudinal research project will test the effectiveness of a coordinated, multi component, school-community approach in addressing issues relating to the decline in participation in sport and physical activity of girls in the middle years.12 intervention and 12 control school are taking part in the study.Funded by the NSWDET for $300,000
  • Bloomfield, D., Giles, R., Waugh, F., Cotton, W., Markauskaite, L. & Chambers, B. (2011) Developing a sustainable system of online evaluation for professional practice and fieldwork units of study across the Faculty. Funded by a Teaching Inquiry Grant (2011) for $10,000
  • An investigation of junior rugby league (6-12 years). The project will compare demands and participation levels under existing rules to proposed rule changes.Funded by the ARLD (2012)
  • Peralta, L., O'Connor, D., Cotton, W., Bennie, A. & Burns, K. (2012).Increasing Indigenous students in higher education: Is participation insport associated with academic achievement and higher education aspirationsamong Indigenous students? Funded by a University of Sydney WideningParticipation Grant (2011)($20,900).
  • Peralta, L.R., O'Connor, D., Cotton, W., Evans, J., & Bennie, A. (2012). Partnerships with local Indigenous community agencies: Do service learning opportunities enhance sociocultural understanding and competence of Human Movement Health Education preservice teachers. Funded by a University of Sydney Strategic Teaching Enhancement Project (STEPs) grant for $25,867
  • Peralta, L.R., Cotton, W., Evans, J., O'Connor, D., & Bennie. A. (2011). The acceptability and potential efficacy of a community and school sport-based program designed to enhance Indigenous adolescentsÕ physical activity levels and life skills. Externally funded through The University of Sydney Centre of Obesity, Diabetes, and Cardiovascular Disease for $5,000
  • Community junior sport coaching. O'Connor, D. & Cotton, W. (2009-2010). Funded by NSW communities in partnership with Australian Sports Commission, NSW Rugby League and Australian Rugby Union ($84,500).

Awards and honours

  • 2009: University of Wollongong Faculty of Education Highly Commended for PhD research and thesis.

  • 2008: The University of Sydney Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education) with Distinction.

  • 2004-2007: University Postgraduate Award

Selected grants

2009

  • Community Junior Sport Coaching Proposal; O'Connor D, Cotton W; New South Wales Sport and Recreation/Research Support.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Cotton, W., O'Connor, D. (2013). The Effect of a Training Evaluation Tool on Youth Coaches. In Hiroyuki Nunome, Barry Drust, Brian Dawson (Eds.), Science and Football VII: The Proceedings of the Seventh World Congress on Science and Football, (pp. 385-390). Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge.
  • Cotton, W. (2012). The place of laptops in physical education: should they stay in the changing rooms? In Jennifer A. ODea (Eds.), Current Issues and Controversies in School and Community Health, Sport and Physical Education, (pp. 321-328). New York, USA: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Cotton, W. (2010). Outdoor recreation. In D. Buchanan, D. OConnor, J. McLean and K. Ingram (Eds.), Peak performance 1: preliminary PDHPE. South Yarra, Vic.: Macmillan Education Australia.

Journals

  • Cobley, S., Hanratty, M., O'Connor, D., Cotton, W. (2014). First club location and relative age as influences on being a professional Australian Rugby League player. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 9(2), 335-346. [More Information]
  • Barkell, J., O'Connor, D., Cotton, W. (2013). An examination of the progression from national schoolboy to senior representation in Australian rugby union. University of Sydney Papers in Human Movement, Health and Coach Education, 2, 1-16.
  • Dudley, D., Okely, A., Pearson, P., Caputi, P., Cotton, W. (2013). Decline in enjoyment of physical education among culturally and linguistically diverse youth. International Journal of Quantitative Research in Education (IJQRE), 1(4), 408-425. [More Information]
  • Dudley, D., Okely, A., Pearson, P., Cotton, W., Caputi, P. (2012). Changes in physical activity levels, lesson context, and teacher interaction during physical education in culturally and linguistically diverse Australian schools. The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 9, 1-9. [More Information]
  • Lubans, D., Okely, A., Morgan, P., Cotton, W., Puglisi, L., Miller, J. (2012). Description and evaluation of a social cognitive model of physical activity behaviour tailored for adolescent girls. Health Education Research, 27(1), 115-128. [More Information]
  • Dudley, D., Okely, A., Cotton, W., Pearson, P., Caputi, P. (2012). Physical activity levels and movement skill instruction in secondary school physical education. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 15(3), 231-237. [More Information]
  • Okely, A., Cotton, W., Lubans, D., Morgan, P., Puglisi, L., Miller, J., Wright, J., Batterham, M., Peralta, L., Perry, J. (2011). A school-based intervention to promote physical activity among adolescent girls: Rationale, design, and baseline data from the Girls in Sport group randomised controlled trial. BMC Public Health, 11, 658-668. [More Information]
  • Dudley, D., Okely, A., Pearson, P., Cotton, W. (2011). A systematic review of the effectiveness of physical education and school sport interventions targeting physical activity, movement skills and enjoyment of physical activity. European Physical Education Review, 17(3), 353-378. [More Information]
  • Brymer, E., Gray, T., Cotton, W. (2011). Outdoor experiential training as a medium for the development of today's leaders. Journal of the Spirituality Leadership and Management, 5(1), 58-66.
  • Brymer, E., Gray, T., Cotton, W., Carpenter, C. (2010). Profiling outdoor leadership. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 2(1), 93-108.

Conferences

  • Cotton, W., Lockyer, L., Bricknell, G. (2009). A Journey Through a Design-Based Research Project. World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications ED-MEDIA 2009, Chesapeake, VA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
  • Cotton, W. (2008). Supporting the use of learning objects in the K-12 environment: A design-based research project. Emerging Technologies Conference 2008, Wollongong: University of Wollongong.

Report

  • O'Connor, D., Cotton, W. (2010). Community Junior Sport Coaching, Part 2. Final report, December 2010.

2014

  • O'Connor, D., Cotton, W. (2014), An evaluation of the modifications to Mini and Mod Games in Junior Rugby League. Final report, March 2014. , .
  • Cobley, S., Hanratty, M., O'Connor, D., Cotton, W. (2014). First club location and relative age as influences on being a professional Australian Rugby League player. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 9(2), 335-346. [More Information]

2013

  • Barkell, J., O'Connor, D., Cotton, W. (2013). An examination of the progression from national schoolboy to senior representation in Australian rugby union. University of Sydney Papers in Human Movement, Health and Coach Education, 2, 1-16.
  • Dudley, D., Okely, A., Pearson, P., Caputi, P., Cotton, W. (2013). Decline in enjoyment of physical education among culturally and linguistically diverse youth. International Journal of Quantitative Research in Education (IJQRE), 1(4), 408-425. [More Information]
  • Cotton, W., O'Connor, D. (2013). The Effect of a Training Evaluation Tool on Youth Coaches. In Hiroyuki Nunome, Barry Drust, Brian Dawson (Eds.), Science and Football VII: The Proceedings of the Seventh World Congress on Science and Football, (pp. 385-390). Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

2012

  • Dudley, D., Okely, A., Pearson, P., Cotton, W., Caputi, P. (2012). Changes in physical activity levels, lesson context, and teacher interaction during physical education in culturally and linguistically diverse Australian schools. The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 9, 1-9. [More Information]
  • Lubans, D., Okely, A., Morgan, P., Cotton, W., Puglisi, L., Miller, J. (2012). Description and evaluation of a social cognitive model of physical activity behaviour tailored for adolescent girls. Health Education Research, 27(1), 115-128. [More Information]
  • Dudley, D., Okely, A., Cotton, W., Pearson, P., Caputi, P. (2012). Physical activity levels and movement skill instruction in secondary school physical education. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 15(3), 231-237. [More Information]
  • Cotton, W. (2012). The place of laptops in physical education: should they stay in the changing rooms? In Jennifer A. ODea (Eds.), Current Issues and Controversies in School and Community Health, Sport and Physical Education, (pp. 321-328). New York, USA: Nova Science Publishers.

2011

  • Okely, A., Cotton, W., Lubans, D., Morgan, P., Puglisi, L., Miller, J., Wright, J., Batterham, M., Peralta, L., Perry, J. (2011). A school-based intervention to promote physical activity among adolescent girls: Rationale, design, and baseline data from the Girls in Sport group randomised controlled trial. BMC Public Health, 11, 658-668. [More Information]
  • Dudley, D., Okely, A., Pearson, P., Cotton, W. (2011). A systematic review of the effectiveness of physical education and school sport interventions targeting physical activity, movement skills and enjoyment of physical activity. European Physical Education Review, 17(3), 353-378. [More Information]
  • Brymer, E., Gray, T., Cotton, W. (2011). Outdoor experiential training as a medium for the development of today's leaders. Journal of the Spirituality Leadership and Management, 5(1), 58-66.

2010

  • O'Connor, D., Cotton, W. (2010). Community Junior Sport Coaching, Part 2. Final report, December 2010.
  • Cotton, W. (2010). Outdoor recreation. In D. Buchanan, D. OConnor, J. McLean and K. Ingram (Eds.), Peak performance 1: preliminary PDHPE. South Yarra, Vic.: Macmillan Education Australia.
  • Brymer, E., Gray, T., Cotton, W., Carpenter, C. (2010). Profiling outdoor leadership. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 2(1), 93-108.

2009

  • Cotton, W., Lockyer, L., Bricknell, G. (2009). A Journey Through a Design-Based Research Project. World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications ED-MEDIA 2009, Chesapeake, VA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
  • O'Connor, D., Cotton, W. (2009), Community Junior Sport Coaching: Final Report, November 2009. , , , 1-97. [More Information]

2008

  • Cotton, W. (2008). Supporting the use of learning objects in the K-12 environment: A design-based research project. Emerging Technologies Conference 2008, Wollongong: University of Wollongong.

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