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stephen BergStephen Berg, BEd MEd PhD (Alberta)

Associate Professor


PHONE: 250-807-9682


Research and Teaching Areas

  • Physical Education
  • Health Education
  • Early Learning
  • Preservice Teacher Education
  • Children's Physical Activity
  • Action Research

  • Background

    Dr. Stephen Berg is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus where he teaches courses in a number of areas including Physical Education and Health Education. Stephen has teaching experience in the K-12 and post-secondary levels in British Columbia, Alberta, and Nova Scotia and has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching.

    Research Interests

    Dr. Berg’s research focus is on children’s wellbeing. Currently, he is involved in a research cluster exploring community health, co-investigating a national program regarding the importance of physical activity, nutrition, and emotional wellbeing, and evaluating a psycho-social and sport program targeting at-risk girls (SSHRC funded). Further, Stephen is Co-Chair of Physical and Health Education (PHE) Canada’s Research Forum and is a member of PHE Canada’s Research Executive Council.

    Scholarly Contributions & Professional Development

    Professionally, Dr. Berg is the co-author of three books in the areas of Health Education and Physical Education. As well, he revised the NGO Right to Play’s Abilities First teacher trainer manual, co-authored the elementary school cycling program Guide to Ride for Grades 4-6 and updated Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Resource Guides and workshops for Action Schools! BC. Stephen has presented at numerous conferences at the international, national, and provincial levels and has been an invited speaker by the University of Maribor, Slovenia and the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

    Community Engagement

    At UBC's Okanagan campus, Dr. Berg serves on the Senate Curriculum Committee and is a member of the Community of Scholar Practitioners within the Faculty of Education. He is a reviewer for several journals, notably the Revue phénEPS-PHEnex Journal and Canadian Journal of Education.

    Beyond academia, Stephen is the father of three very active children, is a volunteer firefighter with the City of Kelowna, and performs annually with his daughters in the Canadian School of Ballet’s the Nutcracker.

    Robinson, D. B., Berg, S., & Gleddie, D. (2018). A scoping review of school-based physical activity and health eating/nutrition interventions. Revue phenEPS/PHEnex Journal, 9(2), 1-28.

    Berg, S., & Bradford, B. (2017) Daily physical activity (DPA) implementation: From policy to practice. Physical and Health Education Journal, 83(2), 5-12.

    Weatherson, K., Bradford, B., Berg, S., & Sloboda, S. (2016). Dissemination of a daily physical activity policy on school websites in Alberta and British Columbia. Revue phenEPS/PHEnex Journal, 8(2). 1-12.

    Berg, S., Willis-Stewart, S., & Kendall, S. (2016). Creating healthy schools and student engagement: The got health? initiative. Revue phenEPS/PHEnex Journal, 8(1), 1-12.

    Bradford, B., Berg. S., & Hickson, C. (2016). The untapped potential of physical and health education. Physical and Health Education Journal, 81(3), 1-14.

    Amed, S., Naylor, P.J., Pinkney, S., Shea, S., Mâsse, L., Berg, S., Collet, J.P., & Wharf- Higgins, J. (2015). Creating a collective impact on childhood obesity: Lessons from the SCOPE initiative. Canadian Journal of Public Health 106(6), e426–e433. DOI 10.17269/CJPH.106.5114

    Berg, S. (2015). Children’s activity levels in different playground environments: An observational study in four Canadian preschools. Early Childhood Education Journal, 43, 281-287. DOI 10.1007/s10643-014-0654-5

    McConnell, J., Frazer, A., Berg, S., Labrie, T., Zebedee, J., & Naylor, P.J. (2014). Got health?: A student-led inquiry youth engagement project. Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior, 2(4), 1-8. DOI 10.4172/jcalb.1000153

    Hickson, C., Robinson, D., Berg, S. & Hall, N. (2012). Active in the north: School and community physical activity programming in Canada. International Journal of Physical Education 2(12), 16-30.

    Berg, S., Hickson, C., Bradford, B., & Fishburne, G.J. (2017). Teaching for health and wellness in children and youth. Edmonton, AB: Ripon Publishing.

    Berg, S., Hickson, C., & Fishburne, G. (2010). Teaching children about health and wellness. Edmonton, AB: Ripon Publishing.

    Book Chapters
    Sulz, L.D., Berg, S., & Gleddie, D. (2018). Healthy literacy & comprehensive school health. In Gleddie, D., Hickson, C, & Bradford B. (Eds.). Physical education for elementary school teachers: Foundations of a physical literacy journal (pp. 165-178). Victoria: Ripon Publishing.

    Berg, S., Hickson, C., & Card, A. (2014). Health literacy. In D. Robinson, & L. Randall (Eds.), Teaching physical education in Canadian schools (pp. 243-258). Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing.

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