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Ní Chróinín, Déirdre; Fletcher, Tim; O'Sullivan, Mary – Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 2018
Background: Concerns that current forms of physical education teacher education (PETE) are not adequately providing teachers with the tools necessary for working with the realities and challenges of teaching physical education in contemporary schools has led some scholars to advocate for an approach that prioritises meaningfulness in physical…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Physical Education Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Competencies
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O'Sullivan, Mary – Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 2018
Mary O'Sullivan writes that she spent part of her sabbatical leave interviewing teacher educators from nine countries across three continents exploring teacher education contexts both nationally and locally, and the nature of the 'teacher educators' work in these contexts. Three issues struck her: (1) The intensification of regulation and policy…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Physical Education, Physical Education Teachers, Teacher Educators
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Klemola, Ulla; Heikinaro-Johansson, Pilvikki; O'Sullivan, Mary – Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 2013
Background: Recently, there has been growing interest in the emotional aspects of teaching and learning in general education and in physical education (PE). Scholars have argued that high-quality teaching and learning depend on a teacher's knowledge of students' emotions (Hargreaves 1998, 2000, 2002; McCaughtry 2004; McCaughtry and Rovegno 2003;…
Descriptors: Physical Education Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Student Teachers, Student Attitudes
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Bowles, Richard; O'Sullivan, Mary – Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 2012
Background: Extra-curricular sport is an important aspect of life in Irish primary schools. Team invasion games hold a dominant position and, within this category, Gaelic games are extremely popular. Teachers have, historically, played a significant role in the promotion of Gaelic games through the organization of inter-school competitions. The…
Descriptors: Research Design, Physical Education, Sportsmanship, Interviews
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Wallhead, Tristan; O'Sullivan, Mary – Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 2007
Background: Research on Sport Education (SE) has shown the curriculum model to be effective in motivating students to undertake specific role responsibilities and engage in the student-led tasks of the curriculum. Despite this level of engagement, emerging evidence suggests that student leadership within the peer teaching tasks of the curriculum…
Descriptors: Research Design, Physical Education, Research Methodology, Data Analysis
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O'Sullivan, Mary – Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 2006
Background: The provision of professional development (PD) for teachers in schools is now a major concern of most national government and teaching organisations. To provide quality PD for teachers, we must understand the aspirations, needs and interests of teachers, as they are key factors in the complex world of teaching and learning. Therefore…
Descriptors: Career Development, Interests, Foreign Countries, Physical Education Teachers
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Wallhead, Tristan; O'Sullivan, Mary – Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 2005
The purpose of this review was to establish what is currently known about the effect of the Sport Education (SE) curriculum model (Siedentop, 1994a) on various indices of student learning in physical education. A total of 62 peer-reviewed journal articles pertaining to the SE model were collected and separated into two broad categories of…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Physical Activities, Journal Articles, Student Responsibility