Associate Professor

Teaching Physical Education

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Research Expertise
Learning environments in PE, enhancing motivational climate in PE settings, conducting short-term or long-term school interventions, teaching styles and teacher education
Brief Portrait
Staff member of the Department of PE & Sport Science in University of Thessaly, Greece since 2002 (now Associate Professor). Nikos received his PhD (2000) and MSc (1996) in Democritus University of Thrace and his BSc (1988) in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He also has 3 years as teaching assistant in Democritus University of Thrace (1999-2002), 5 years teaching experience as PE teacher in the elementary and secondary level and 5 years coaching volleyball teams.He has more than 65 publications in peer reviewed national (N=46) and international journals (N=23) and one chapter in an international textbook. He has more than 140 publications in national and international congress proceedings while his work has been cited more than 448 times (Source: Harzing’s Publish or Perish). He is a member of the editorial board in 3 scientific journals and has served as a reviewer so far in more than 18 national and international scientific journals. He has published 5 books in PE, alone or together with colleagues. Two of them are the official books for public school in Greek PE. The last 20 years he has been part of every significant educational reform in his country. He participated in “Olympic Education” (2000-2006) and “Promoting social and gender equality” (2006-2008) nationwide programs, new books for PE (2004-2006), “New School” action (2011-2013), New Program of Study and Teachers’ Guidelines for senior high school Physical Education (2014-2015). He is member of several professional organizations like the Greek Society of Sport Psychology (General Secretary since 2012), the Hellenic Academy of Physical Education the European Federation for Sport and Exercise Psychology (FEPSAC), Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) and the International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP). His main teaching work at the undergraduate level is focused on teaching methods in PE, curriculum models in PE, supervising student-teachers’ internships and at the graduate level is focused on physical education sport pedagogy, curriculum design and development and physical activity and health education programs design.
Selected Publications
1 Digelidis, N., Karageorghis, C.I., Papapavlou, A.J., & Papaioannou, A.G., (2014). Effects of Asynchronous Music on Lesson Satisfaction and Pupils’ Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation at the Situational Level. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 33, 326 – 341.
2 Tsiakara A., & Digelidis N. (2014). Assessing preschool children’s competitive behavior: an observational system. Early Child Development and Care, doi: 10.1080/03004430.2013.873035.
3 Syrmpas Y., Digelidis N. (2014). Physical education student teachers’ experiences with and perceptions of teaching styles. Journal of Physical Education and Sport, 14, 52-59.
4 Tessier D., Smith N., Tzioumakis Y., Sarrazin P., Quested E., Sarazzin P., Papaioannou A., Digelidis N., & Duda J. (2013). Comparing the objective motivational climate created by grassroot soccer coaches in England, Greece and France. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 1-19.
5 Kalaja, S., Jaakkola, T., Liukkonen, J., & Digelidis, N. (2011). Development of junior high school students’ fundamental movement skills and physical activity in a naturalistic physical education setting. Physical Education and Sports Pedagogy, 17, 411-428.