Stephen Berg

Associate Professor

Office: EME 3169
Phone: 250.807.9682

Graduate student supervisor

Research Summary

Physical Education; Health Education; Early Learning; Children's Physical Activity; Action Research.


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.


Bed, MEd, PhD University of Alberta

Selected Publications & Presentations

Professionally, Dr. Berg is the co-author of three books in the areas of Health Education and Physical Education. He has worked with the NGO’s Right to Play and YFC Rurka Kalan on curriculum development around sport and play and co-authored Physical and Health Education Canada’s elementary school cycling program Guide to Ride for Grades 4-6. 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.


Hargreaves, N., Forneris, T., Sabiston, C.M., Berg, S., Kowalski, K.C., Ferguson, L.J. & Caperchione, C. (2021). “More than just another physical activity program”: exploring the GYM program for at-risk adolescent girls. Health Promotion International.

Locke, S.R., Dix, G., Te Hiwi, B., Oelke, N., Rush, K., Berg, S., Dinwoodie, M., Martin Ginis, K., & Jung M. (2021). Improving diabetes care in the B.C. Southern Interior: Developing community-university initiatives to address service gaps. Canadian Journal of Diabetes.

Caperchione, C., Hargreaves, N., Sabiston, C.M., Berg, S., Kowalski, K.C., & Ferguson, L.J. (2020). Exploring the effectiveness of an integrated physical activity and psychosocial program targeting at-risk adolescent girls: Protocol for the girls united and on the move (GUM) intervention study. JMIR Research Protocols, 9(6), 1-11. DOI: 10.2196/15302

Berg, S., Bradford, B., Barrett, J., Robinson, D., Camara, F., & Perry, T. (2020). Making meaning of student experiences during outdoor exploration time. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning. DOI: 10.1080/14729679.2020.1769694

Robinson, D. B., Randall, L., Gleddie, D., Barrett, J., & Berg, S. (2019). Canada’s 150-minute ‘standard’ in physical education: A consideration of research evidence related to physical education instructional time. Curriculum Studies in Health and Physical Education, 10(3), 226-246.

Berg, S., Bradford, B., Robinson, D., & Wells, M. (2018). Got health? Action researching a student-led health promotion program. Canadian Journal of Action Research, 19(1), 33-47.

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.

Robinson, D.B., & Gleddie, D., & Berg, S. (2017). At my best 4-5-6: Users’ observations of a health education curriculum-support resource. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 63(3), 249-266.


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

Bradford, B. & Hickson, C., & Berg, S. (2020). The teaching continuum: A framework for generalist trained primary school teachers in physical education. In B. Suesee, S. Pill, & M. Hewitt (Ed.). Perspectives on the Physical Education Spectrum of Teaching Styles: New Perspectives. Routledge: USA.

Berg, S., Bradford, B., & Robinson, D. (2018). A comprehensive school health approach to flourishing schools. In S. Cherkowski & K. Walker (Eds.). Perspectives on flourishing in schools (pp. 53-67). New York: Lexington Books.

Robinson, D., Myers, E., & Berg, S. (2018). Physical literacy and flourishing (within) Canadian school communities. In S. Cherkowski & K. Walker (Eds.). Perspectives on flourishing in schools (199-218) New York: Lexington Books.

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.

Professional Services/Affiliations/Committees

Community Engagement

Dr. Berg is a reviewer for several journals, notably the Revue phénEPS-PHEnex Journal and Canadian Journal of Education. He has also co-chaired the Physical and Health Education Canada’s Research Council Forum. Beyond academia, Dr. Berg is currently the Executive Director of the Kelowna Kiwanis Music Festival. He is the father of three very active children, loves skiing, golfing, and spending time on Okanagan Lake surfing with his family.


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