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Dr Joe Scott


Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5234, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML17.114
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5234
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML17.114  


Joseph is a Lecturer in Health of Physical Education in the School of Education.

Current teaching

  • FMS4020 - Fundamental Movement and Sports Skills in the Primary School, Undergraduate Bachelors
  • HPE2240 - Health & Physical Education in Primary Schools, Undergraduate Bachelors
  • HPE2260 - Health & Physical Education for Young Children, Undergraduate Bachelors
  • HPE4020 - Teaching Health Education, Undergraduate Bachelors
  • PHE4304 - Advanced Studies of Teaching Physical Education, Undergraduate Bachelors
  • CUR4205 - The Arts, Health and Physical Education in Primary Schools, Graduate Diploma
  • HPE6104 - Teaching Health and Physical Education, Masters
  • ECE6220 - Physical Education, Health and Wellbeing for Young Children, Masters


Joseph is a qualified Health and Physical Education teacher and has taught across early childhood, primary and secondary disciplines in independent and government schools. He completed his PhD within the Priority Research Centre in Physical Activity and Nutrition, University of Newcastle. His PhD research focused on physical activity measurement in the adolescent population and investigated protocols, compliance and participant perceptions. Joseph Scott is currently a Lecturer in Health and Physical Education in the School of Education. Joseph leads the Health and Physical Education units across the early childhood and primary disciplines.

Professional associations

  • 2018 - Member of the Australia Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER), Western Australia.
  • 2018 - School Board Member, East Beechboro Independent Public School, Western Australia
  • 2012 - Member of Sport Australia (Formally Australian Sports Commission), The Australia Sports Commission in connection with Australian Institute of Sport.
  • 2010 - Member of the Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition (PRCPAN), The University of Newcastle.
  • 2008 - Department of Education Teacher, NSW Department of Education

Research areas and interests

  • Physical activity
  • Objective physical activity measurement
  • Subjective physical activity measurement
  • Health and physical education
  • Preventative health behaviours
  • Child and adolescent health
  • Movement proficiency
  • Sports science


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Education, The University of Newcastle, 2017.
  • Bachelor of Health and Physical Education, The University of Newcastle, 2008.
  • Bachelor of Teaching, The University of Newcastle, 2008.


Recent Research Grants

  • Reducing children's risk of developing skin cancer: Improving the approach to sun protection in WA primary schools.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2019,  2019 - 2020,  $14,968.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Scott, J., (2020), Pedometers for measuring physical activity in children and adolescents. The Routledge Handbook of Youth Physical Activity, 315-329, New York, United States of America, Routledge.

Journal Articles

  • Scott, J., Johnston, R., Blane, S., Strickland, M., Darby, J., Gray, E., (2020), Investigating primary preservice teachers’ ultraviolet radiation awareness and perceived ability to teach sun safety. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, NA(NA), 1-7, DOI: 10.1002/hpja.401.
  • Scott, J., Hill, S., Barwood, D., Penney, D., (2020), Physical literacy and policy alignment in sport and education in Australia. European Physical Education Review, NA(NA), 1-20.
  • Scott, J., (2019), Movement-versus sporting-based physical education in elementary schools: Does either ensure quality?. Mimbar Sekolah Dasar, 6(2), 267-276, DOI: 10.17509/mimbar-sd.v6i2.17432.
  • Scott, J., Hansen, V., Morgan, PJ., Plotnikoff, RC., Lubans, DR., (2018), Young people’s perceptions of the objective physical activity monitoring process: A qualitative exploration. Health Education Journal, 77(1), 3-14, DOI: 10.1177/0017896917734576.
  • Scott, J., Rowlands, A., Cliff, D., Morgan, PJ., Plotnikoff, RC., Lubans, DR., (2017), Comparability and feasibility of wrist-and hip-worn accelerometers in free-living adolescents. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 20(12), 1101–1106, NSW, Australia, Elsevier Australia, DOI: 10.1016/j.jsams.2017.04.017.
  • Scott, J., Morgan, PJ., Plotnikoff, RC., Lubans, DR., (2015), Reliability and validity of a single-item physical activity measure for adolescents. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 51(8), 787-793, Milton QLD, Wiley-Blackwell, DOI: 10.1111/jpc.12836.
  • Lubans, DR., Plotnikoff, RC., Miller, A., Scott, J., Thompson, D., Tudor-Locke, C., (2015), Using Pedometers for Measuring and Increasing Physical Activity in Children and Adolescents: The Next Step. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 9(6), 418-427, DOI: 10.1177/1559827614537774.
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