David Kirk, PhD, has been a physical education teacher, an educator of physical education teachers and a researcher in physical education since 1979. He held the position of professor of human movement studies at the University of Queensland, Australia, from 1995 to 1998. He is now professor of physical education and youth sport at Loughborough University, England. Professor Kirk is recognised internationally for his research in physical education, having published many articles in academic and professional journals. He has authored or co-authored seven texts, including the critically acclaimed Schooling Bodies: School Practice and Public Discourse, 1880-1950 (1998). Professor Kirk has worked extensively as an editor and reviewer for journals and publishers.
Professor Kirk earned his PhD from Loughborough University, England, in 1986. He was a founding member of the Queensland Junior Sport Council, a member of the HPE Advisory Committee of the Queensland Board of Senior Secondary School Studies, and coordinator of the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) / the Australian Association (AARE) Special Interest Group Research in Education. Professor Kirk was awarded the President's Prize of the International Olympic Committee in 2001 for his research and development work in physical education.
Robin Burgess-Limerick, PhD, is a lecturer in biomechanics in the department of human movement studies at the University of Queensland, Australia, where he earned his doctorate in biomechanics in 1994. Dr. Burgess-Limerick has conducted research on diverse topics including field hockey, locomotion and manual lifting. He has published many research articles in journals of biomechanics, motor behaviour and ergonomics. He is a member of the International Society of Biomechanics and the Ergonomics Society of Australia. In his spare time, Dr. Burgess-Limerick enjoys playing field hockey.
Michael Kiss graduated with a BHMS (Ed) from the University of Queensland in 1986. He has taught senior health and physical education since 1987 and has been head of the department of health and physical education at Bundaberg North State High School since 1995. In 1990 he was appointed as a Board of Senior Secondary School Studies (BSSSS) district review panellist for Wide Bay region. In 1992 he joined the State Review Panel, a position he held for five years before continuing BSSSS duties on the Wide Bay and Queensland Country District Review Panel for the new senior physical education curriculum. In this capacity, Mr. Kiss reviews school samples of work, advises schools on the maintenance of syllabus standards and provides assistance to schools regarding curriculum development.
Mr. Kiss' school was one of 25 in the state of Queensland selected to participate in the pilot phase of syllabus development for physical education. Mr. Kiss was involved in the early stages of the subject's evolution, and he has expertise as a registered physical education teacher and department head. In addition, he has been an advisor on curriculum development and quality standards.
In his spare time, Mr. Kiss enjoys playing golf, volleyball, tennis and all types of football, as well as listening to music and playing guitar.
Janine Lahey has been head of the department for health and physical education at Sunshine Beach State High School in Noosa since 2001. Ms. Lahey has been a high school physical education teacher since 1979. During that time, she has gained valuable experience in creating personalized content for high school students. She was involved in the pilot stage of the syllabus development.
Ms. Lahey has been a member of the District Review Panel for Health and Physical Education since 1992 and a member of the State Panel of Physical Education since 1996. She is a member of ACHPER. In her spare time, she enjoys bushwalking, snorkelling, scuba diving, Surflifesaving (ADD) and canoeing.
Since 1990, Dawn Penney has conducted research centering on policy and curriculum development in physical education and junior sport in the United Kingdom and Australia. As a research scholar at the University of Southampton and subsequently a research fellow at Loughborough University, Dr. Penney was involved in research that tracked the development of the National Curriculum for Physical Education in England and Wales. In 1996 Ms. Penney took up a two-year appointment as a research fellow in the department of human movement studies at the University of Queensland. There she studied the implementation of the national statement and profile in health and physical education, evaluated the new senior school physical education syllabus in Queensland and studied the socio-economic determinants of participation in junior sport. In 1998 Dr. Penney returned to the United Kingdom as a senior research fellow in physical education at De Montfort University and subsequently Loughborough University. She has retained her interest in curriculum developments in physical education in England and internationally. In July 2003 Dr. Penney joined the staff at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia.
Dr. Penney earned her doctorate in education in 1994. She is a member of ACHPER and the Physical Education Association of the United Kingdom. In her spare time, she enjoys running, cycling and swimming.