Langara College (Department of Human Performance) , 1998, Human Performance Diploma
University of British Columbia, Canada (Faculty of Human Kinetics), 2001, Bachelor of Human Kinetics, Physical Education
University of British Columbia, Canada (Faculty of Education), 2005, Bachelor of Education, Physical Education concentration. Geography minor
University of British Columbia, Canada (Faculty of Graduate Studies), 2012, Masters of Education – Physical Education. Thesis Capstone focus: Curriculum and Pedagogical Change in Physical Education


Stephen is a newly hired full time Lecturer and Physical Education (PE) Teacher Education area coordinator in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education at The University of British Columbia. Stephen was previously an appointed Adjunct Teacher Professor for the year previous. He was most recently the PE Department Head and Assistant Athletic Director at a secondary school in the Catholic Independent Schools of Vancouver Archdiocese in Port Coquitlam where he taught: All levels of PE, PE Leadership 11 and 12, and various other subjects including Social Studies and Learning Resource Center. Currently, Stephen teaches the elementary physical education methods course and the inquiry I and inquiry II courses in the teacher education program at UBC. He has also taught the secondary physical education methods course. In addition, he is a faculty advisor, providing support for teacher candidates in secondary schools across the Greater Vancouver area.

In June of 2014, Stephen completed the UBC Masters of Physical Education – Teaching Games for Understanding Cohort. Stephen and George Kanavos (co-researchers’) final Capstone focus: Enacting curricular and pedagogical changes in physical education. Stephen’s passions lie in engaging all learners and creating and sustaining conditions for professional collaboration. He is a firm believer that when we open ourselves up to listen, share and collaborate, best practices emerge.

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Invited Presentations

June 2015        Promoting physical literacy within the physical education classroom through affective questioning, International Physical Literacy Conference, Vancouver Trade and Convention Center, Vancouver, BC


April 2015        Deconstructing Traditional Approaches through the Establishment of a Community of Learners: Enacting Change in a Secondary Physical Education Department, Physical Health and Education (PHE) Canada Research Council Forum, Banff, AB


Feb 2015          Enacting curricular and pedagogical change in Physical Education, Comox School District (#46) Physical Education Professional Development Workshop, Mark Isfeld Secondary School, Courtney, BC


Feb 2015          Sport education model: Creating the team atmosphere within your high school physical education class, Comox School District (#46) Physical Education Professional Development Workshop, Mark Isfeld Secondary School, Courtney, BC


Oct 2014          Enacting curricular and pedagogical change in physical education, Quality Daily Physical Education (QDPE) Conference, Douglas College, New Westminster, BC


Selected Publications


Kanavos, G. and McGinley, S. Curricular and Pedagogical Change in Physical Education. Book

Reconceptualizing Physical Education through Teaching Games for Understanding.

More Publications



Butler, J., Sullivan, S., McGinley, S., Vjanjes, M. (2007). Teaching Danish long ball to introduce striking games. The Physical and Health Education Journal, 73(3) 29-33.


Research Projects

Kanavos, G., McGinley, S. (2014). Curriculum and Pedagogical Change in Physical Education, Unpublished Master’s Thesis, University of British Columbia.

Courses Taught

University of British Columbia Programs – 2014 – Present

EDCP 322A – Physical Education Methodologies: Secondary

EDCP 320 – Physical Education Methodologies: Elementary (IB, SEL, MY, CITE, SRL and PBL cohorts)

EDUC 450B – Inquiry I

EDUC 451B – Inquiry II

EDUC 315 – Short Practicum – 10 students

EDUC 421 – Long Practicum – 10 students

EDUC 430 – Community Field Experience – 10 students