Carla Vidoni

Carla Vidoni

Associate Professor and Program Director for the Physical Education and Health Program
Department of Health & Sport Sciences
Room 104C - SAC E
carla.vidoni @

Dr. Vidoni's curriculum vitae [PDF]


Dr. Carla Vidoni is an Associate Professor of Physical Education in the Department of Health and Sport Sciences and teaches classes in physical education teacher preparation. Her primary research is related to how teaching strategies that involve students' social interactions in physical education can influence development of fair play behaviors such as respect, responsibility, participation and effort. She as also authored and co-authored studies that used different types of curriculum models at different grade levels. She serves as a reviewer of national and international professional journals. Dr. Vidoni is also a member of the University of Louisville's Commission on the Status of Women (COSW).

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Physical Education Teacher Education, The Ohio State University, Columbus, 2005
  • MA, Physical Education Teacher Education, University of Nebraska, 2002
  • BS, Physical Education, The Sao Caetano Physical Education School, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1989

Research Areas

  • Fair play and social skills interventions in physical education
  • Preschool through 12th grade curriculum and instruction interventions
  • Physical activity in early childhood
  • Physical education curriculum and instruction
  • Social behaviors in physical education
  • Motor competencies in early childhood


  • Single subject design
  • Teaching expertise: Physical education in from preschool to 5th grade

Teaching Areas

  • Teaching and Learning Elementary Physical Education
  • Student teaching seminar
  • Supervision of students teaching and clinical experiences in elementary physical education

Professional Memberships

  • Society of Health & Fitness Educators (SHAPE) - America
  • International Association for Sport and Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP)

Selected Publications

  • Samalot-Rivera, A. & Vidoni, C. (2015). Steps to teach appropriate sports and game behaviors through physical education. Journal of Physical Education Recreation & Dance, 86(5), 8-13.
  • Vidoni, C., Lorenz, D.J., & Terson de Paleville, D. (2014). Incorporating a movement skill program into a preschool daily schedule. Early Child Development & Care Journal, 184(8), 1211-1222.
  • Vidoni, C., Lee. C. & Azevedo, L.B. (2014). Fair play game: A group contingency strategy to increase students’ active behaviors in physical education. Early Child Development & Care Journal, 184(8), 1127-1141.
  • Wallhead, T.L., Garn, A., Vidoni, C. (2014). Effect of a Sport Education program on motivation for physical education and leisure-time physical activity. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 85, 478–48.
  • Vidoni, C., Azevedo, L.B., & Eberline, A. (2012). Effects of a group contingency strategy on middle school physical education students’ heart rates. European Physical Education Review, 18(1), 78-96.
  • Vidoni, C. & Ulman, J. (2012). The fair play game: Promoting social skills in physical education. Strategies, 25(3), 26-30.
  • Vidoni, C. & Ward, P. (2009). Effects of fair play instruction on student social skills during a middle school sport education unit. Physical Education & Sport Pedagogy Journal, 14(3), 285-310.