Simon Walters

Senior Lecturer

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 7022

Email: simon.walters@aut.ac.nz

Qualifications

PhD (AUT University), MSc., BHum., Further and Adult Education Teachers Certificate.

Teaching Areas

Sports coaching

Sociology of Sport

Research Areas

Children in Sport

Athlete centred coaching

Coach Development

Sideline Behaviour

Research Summary

Area of expertise:
Sociology of sport, athlete-centred coaching, coach development.

Specific areas of interest:
sideline behaviour, children’s experiences of sport, coach and parent influences on children’s enjoyment of sport, student-centred learning. Qualitative research methodologies, discourse analysis.

Current Research Projects

  • Youth development through sport
  • Coach and player attitudes to injury
  • Traditional unstructured free play
  • Good Sports programme evaluation
  • Sport for development
  • Student-centred learning
  • Accessibility

Current Postgraduate Students’ Research

  • Using an interpersonal relationships model to understand dyadic relationships among high performing sport and leadership management.
  • Constructions of human touch in health practice: A discourse analysis.
  • The effect of an adult behaviour intervention on children’s experiences of sport: A case study.
  • The perceived value of an outdoor education programme in a New Zealand high school. A case study.
  • Early specialisation and overuse injuries.
  • The Impact of Character Strengths and Wellbeing on Sporting Injury.
  • Pathways to the Paralympic Games: Exploring the sporting journeys of high performance Para athletes with a limb deficiency.
  • The early sport and play experiences of elite New Zealand hockey players from rural and regional communities.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Walters, S. R., & Godbold, R. (2014). Someone is watching you: The ethics of covert observation to explore adult behaviour at children's sporting events. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 11(4), 531-537. doi:10.1007/s11673-014-9543-2
  • Walters, S. R., Hallas, J., Phelps, S., & Ikeda, E. (2015). Enhancing the ability of students to engage with theoretical concepts through the creation of learner-generated video assessment. Sport Management Education Journal. 9(2),102-112. doi: 10.1123/SMEJ.2014-0041
  • Walters, S. R., Payne, D., Schluter, P. J., & Thomson, R. W. (2015). ‘It just makes you feel invincible’: a Foucauldian analysis of children's experiences of organised team sports. Sport, Education and Society, 20(2), 241-257. doi:10.1080/13573322.2012.745844
  • Walters, S., Payne, D., Schluter, P., & Thomson, R. (2010). It's all about winning isn't it? Competing discourses in children's sport. European Journal for Sport and Society, 7(2).
  • Walters, S. R., Schluter, P. J., Oldham, A. R. H., Thomson, R. W., & Payne, D. (2012). The sideline behaviour of coaches at children’s team sports games. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 13(2), 208-215. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2011.11.008
  • Walters, S., Schluter, PJ., Stamp, D., Thomson, R. and Payne, D. (2016) Coaches and referees’ perspectives of sideline behaviour in children’s team sports: a cross-sectional study. International Journal of Sport Management, Recreation & Tourism, 23(c): 51-74. http://dx.doi.org/10.5199/ijsmart-1791-874X-23c.
  • Walters, S.R., Silva, P., & Nikolai, J. (In Press). Teaching, Learning, and Assessment: Insights into Students’ Motivation to Learn. The Qualitative Report.
  • Nikolai, J., Silva, P., & Walters, S. (In press). Student and Lecturer Perspectives: Informing an Academic Support Strategy. ATLAANZ Journal.

Invited Book Chapter
  • Walters, S. R., & Kidman, L. (2015). Humanistic coaching. In J. Wallis, & J. Lambert. (Eds.) Becoming a sports coach. Abingdon, UK: Routledge

Reports
Conference Presentations
  • Walters, S.R., Spencer, K., Farnham, A., & Williams, V. (2017). Connecting with diverse communities: Athlete-centred coaching, TGfU, and Sport as a Vehicle for Connecting with Social Communities. The 10. dvs-Sportspiel-Symposium & the 6th International TGfU Conference, Cologne, Germany, 25 Jul 2016 - 27 Jul 2016. Proceedings Editors: Furley P, Fasold F, Huttermann S, Klein-Soetebeier T, Kreitz C, Noel B, Rein R, Memmert D. Just play it: Innovative international approaches to games. Feldhaus Edition Czwalina. (p.214)
  • Walters, S.R., Nikolai, J., Silva, P., & Broderlow, L. (2015). Evaluating the effectiveness of student-centred assessment in an under-graduate programme. In Tertiary Education Research in New Zealand (TERNZ) Annual Conference. Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Walters, S. R., Nikolai, J., Silva, P. & Broederlow, L. (2015). Creating a student-centred learning environment in a sport and recreation degree. In ITP Sports Research Symposium. EIT Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.
  • Walters, S. R., Spencer, K., Williams, V., & Farnham, A. (2015). Connecting with Diverse Communities: Sport as a Vehicle for Social Development. In ITP Sports Research Symposium. EIT Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.
  • Walters, S. R., Hallas, J., & Ikeda, E. (2015). Enhancing the ability of students to engage with complex theoretical concepts through the creation of learner-generated digital video. In Learning and Teaching Development Fund. Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Nikolai, J., Silva, P., & Walters, S. (2014). Structuring an appropriate academic support strategy to assist Bachelor of Sport and Recreation (BSR) students to meet the BSR graduate profile. In ATLAANZ. Auckland.
  • Woolliams, D., Oldham, A. R. H., & Walters, S. R. (2014). Examining the nature of interpersonal coach-athlete dyads between New Zealand national representative female football players and national head coaches. In 1st Asia Pacific Football Futsal Seminar. Melbourne, Australia.
  • Walters, S. R., & Kidman, L. (2014). Becoming a sports coach: The humanistic / athlete-centred coach. In Bay of Plenty Sports Symposium: Research Initiatives in the Sport and Recreation Sector. Tauranga, New Zealand.
  • Stamp, D., Walters, S. R., Oldham, A. R. H., & Ferkins, L. (2014). Self-awareness in the developing athlete: Reflective practice in high performance rugby academy players. In Bay of Plenty Sports Symposium: Research Initiatives in the Sport and Recreation Sector. Tauranga, New Zealand.
  • Beattie, R., Walters, S. R., & Millar, S. -K. (2014). The experiences of adolescents rowing in New Zealand: An insight into the influences on attrition in school rowing. In Rowing New Zealand Annual Conference. Karapiro, New Zealand.
  • Walters, S. R., Schluter, P., Thomson, R., & Payne, D. (2011). The nature and target of coaches' comments at children's team sports. In T. Soderstrom, J. Fahlen, & K. Wickman (Eds.), 8th European Association for Sociology of Sport Conference. People in Motion: Bridging the Local and Global. Umea, Sweden.
    Retrieved from http://www.trippus.se/eventus/userfiles/26101.pdf
  • Walters, S. R., Schluter, P., Thomson, R., & Payne, D. (2011). Whose game are we playing? Children's perspectives on organised team sports in New Zealand. In T. Soderstrom, F. Fahlen, & K. Wickman (Eds.), 8th European Association for Sociology of Sport Conference. People in Motion: Bridging the Local and Global. Umea, Sweden.
    Retrieved from http://www.trippus.se/eventus/userfiles/26101.pdf
  • Walters, S., Schluter, P., Thomson, R., & Payne, D. (2010). Can we have our ball back please? Children's perspectives on organised team sports. In Backyard Legends Coaching Conference. Auckland.
  • Walters, S., & Jarman, R. (2010). Making sense of games. In Backyard Legend Coaching Conference. Auckland.
  • Oldham, T., & Walters, S. (2010). School of hard knocks: How do you develop mentally tough athletes?. In Backyard Legends Coaching Conference. Auckland.
  • Walters, S., Schluter, P., Thomson, R., & Payne, D. (2010). The nature and target of coaches' comments at children's team sports. In Backyard Legends Coaching Conference. Auckland.
  • Walters, S., Payne, D., Schluter, P., & Thomson, R. (2009). It's all about winning isn't it? Competing discourses in children's sport in New Zealand. In Sports, Bodies and Identities: 6th European Association of Sociology of Sport Conference. Book of Abstracts. Rome, Italy: Lancilloto e Nausica.
  • Walters, S., & Hammill, J. (2007). Exploring the effectiveness of a peer tutor programme: Targeting 'at risk' students. In R. Trewartha (Ed.), Proceedings of the 7th Conference of the New Zealand Association of Bridging Educators (pp. 29-38). Auckland: Unitec Institute of Technology.
  • Walters, S., & Foreman, K. (2006). Evaluating the 'success' of a bridging (foundation) programme. In Proceedings of the 5th Conference of the New Zealand Association of Bridging Educators (pp. 217-226). Auckland, New Zealand.