Tim Hopper

Tim Hopper
Professor; Physical Education Teacher Education programs leader
Office: MCK 127

BA (Exeter), MA, PHD (Alta)

Area of expertise

School integrated teaching education; teacher games for understanding and electronic portfolios; action research and qualitative research genres; social constructivism and complexity theories


Dr. Hopper is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education, University of Victoria, BC. He received his PhD from the University of Alberta. His scholarly work focuses on teacher education, physical education, and applications of complexity theory in teaching and learning. Dr. Hopper has taught at all levels of the school curriculum both in Canada and the UK. He is currently involved with the US Tennis Association to develop and teach graduate level professional tennis management program focusing on the application of a play-practice-play approach. His research focuses on the use of digital portfolios in local schools, promoting assessment-for learning processes here and in Gulu in Uganda. He currently has two SSHRC funded research projects.

ORID number: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1347-5422

Digital Portfolio: https://folioz.ca/user/timhopper

Research interests

  • School integrated teaching education
  • Teacher games for understanding (TGfU)
  • Digital portfolios and assessment for learning
  • Qualitative research methods and genres
  • Complexity thinking and education

Selected publications

Sanford, K., & Hopper, T. (2019). Educational Transformation: The BC Story. Houlihan Publishing. Victoria, BC. Retrieved fromhttps://books2read.com/BCEdTransformation

Walton-Fisette, J. L., Richards, K. A. R., Centeio, E. E., Pennington, T. R., & Hopper, T. (2019). Exploring Future Research in Physical Education: Espousing a Social Justice Perspective. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport90(4), 440–451. https://doi.org/10.1080/02701367.2019.1615606

Rhoades, J. L., & Hopper, T.,(2019). Reciprocal recursive nonconscious behavior mimicry, PE groupings, and modification-by-adaptation. Curriculum Studies in Health and Physical Education0(0), 1–18. https://doi.org/10.1080/25742981.2019.1709088

Hopper, T., Sanford, K., Fu, H., & Monk, D. (2018). What is a digital electronic portfolio in teacher education? A case study of Instructors’ and students’ enabling insights on the electronic portfolio process. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology44(2). Retrieved from https://www.cjlt.ca/index.php/cjlt/article/view/27634

Hopper, T. (2015). Self-study of an elementary generalist PE teacher educator: School integrated teacher education and structural coupling. Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education6(3), 259–272. https://doi.org/10.1080/18377122.2015.1092723

Ovens, A., Hopper, T., & Butler, J. (Eds.). (2013). Complexity thinking in physical education: Reframing curriculum, pedagogy, and research. RoutledgeNew York.  Retrieved from http://books.google.ca/books?id=maIxh30GakYC&lpg=PP1&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q&f=false