Michelle Gorzanelli

BEd (HMHE), MSptMgt
Senior Lecturer (Academic Developer)

Email: Michelle.Gorzanelli@nd.edu.au
Phone: 8204 4397

  • Biography

    Michelle was employed as a Personal Development, Health, and Physical Education teacher following the completion of a Bachelor of Education (Human Movement and Health Education) at the University of Sydney and a Master of Sports Management at the University of Canberra. Michelle has held positions at the University of Sydney, Australian Catholic University, and Western Sydney University as Lecturer in pre-service teacher education. Michelle’s recent position as Discipline Coordinator of Health at the Australian College of Physical Education involved leading a collaborative project with Academic Skills Advisors and Discipline Academics that implemented a Foundation Unit supporting literacy and numeracy skills of first-year students. Michelle also played an active role in Teaching and Learning Committees, cross-institutional benchmarking, and the review of curriculum and assessment practice.

    Michelle is currently undertaking research in completion of a PhD, which explores the curriculum developments characterising the histories of physical education, school sport, and health education in NSW public schools from 1880 to 2012. Her skills in qualitative research allowed her to lecture in units focused on research at the tertiary level. Michelle has presented papers based on her PhD research at national and international conferences winning the Award for Most Outstanding Paper from a Young Academic in 2015. Alongside her professional work, Michelle is passionately involved with the CanToo organisation supporting cancer research.

  • Teaching Areas

    Teacher Education, Curriculum Development, Teaching and Learning practice, Assessment, Health and Physical Education.

  • Research Expertise and Supervision

    Education and curriculum history methodology, qualitative methods; curriculum in physical education, school sport, health education;

  • Book Chapters

    • Gorzanelli, M. (2012). Addressing body image issues in Australia’s health education classroom: A case for a constructivist approach to media literacy interventions. In J. O'Dea, Current issues and controversies in school and community health, sport and physical education (pp. 55-65). New York: Nova Science.
  • Journal Articles and Proceedings

    • Ardzejewska, K., Campbell, W., & Gorzanelli, M. (2015). Learning to think differently before mastering a new way to teach academic literacy skills. Quarterly Journal of the College of Teachers, 65(1), 17-24.
    • Gorzanelli, M. (2015). The historical butterfly effect of physical education, school sport, and health education in Australian schools. In ACHPER (ed.), Values into Action-A brighter future: Proceedings of the 29th ACHPER International Conference (pp. 48–57). South Australia: ACHPER.
    • Gorzanelli, M. (2013). A history of health education in NSW government schools from the early origins to the national curriculum. In J. Quay & A. Mooney (Eds.), A defining time in Health and Physical Education: Proceedings of the 28th ACHPER International Conference (pp. 54–63). South Australia: ACHPER.
    • Gorzanelli, M. (2011). Addressing body image issues in the health education classroom: Can a constructivist approach improve current interventions? In G. Dodd (Ed.), Moving, Learning and Achieving: Proceedings of the 27th ACHPER International Conference (pp. 24–33). South Australia: ACHPER.
  • Community Engagement

    • CanToo Coach: Health and Fitness program directly funding innovative cancer researchers at the Cancer Council and Cure Cancer Australia (2010-Currently)
    • External moderator: Avondale College - 2013
  • Awards

    ‘Most Outstanding Paper by a Young Scholar’ at the 2015 ACHPER Conference.