Pedagogy with a Twist

The educational power of inclusive communities
Dr Gordon Paterson

Gordon will draw on his experience as a teacher-coach at Michaelhouse (South Africa) to discuss the capacity of a school community to enrich the education of adolescent boys within a boarding school environment.  Inspired by his involvement with rugby, cricket, track and field teams, Gordon draws on these experiences to extend the notions that community and collaboration are what lie behind success for all individuals. By utilising some innovative engagement techniques, teacher-coaches can ensure that all boys derive the benefits of developing human movement skills, which is often seen as exclusive to the talented few. Gordon’s research indicates that competence motivation can be successful in a wide variety of contexts and suggests a number of practical ways staff can assist in creating a learning environment.


Paterson, G. (2015). There is genius in passion: Reflections on developing competence and self-belief through human movement.   Tauranga, Ad Rem.


Educating through human movement is Dr Gordon Paterson’s primary interest. His doctoral thesis focused on coaching strategies conducive to enhancing the self-esteem of participants in school sport. Gordon taught and coached for fourteen years at Michaelhouse, an independent boys’ secondary school in South Africa, followed by five years as a lecturer in the Educational Aspects of Human Movement Studies at the University of Stellenbosch. Immigrating to NZ, Gordon was a lecturer in sport coaching, progressing through to Head of School, Sport and Exercise Science and finally Dean of the Faculty of Business and Technology at the Waikato Institute of Technology. Establishing Ad Rem International Limited, an education consultancy, followed. He became CEO of Physical Education New Zealand (PENZ) from 2008-2013, before returning to Ad Rem International in February 2014.