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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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Walton-Fisette, Jennifer L.; Philpot, Rod; Phillips, Sharon; Flory, Sara B.; Hill, Joanne; Sutherland, Sue; Flemons, Michelle – Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 2018
Background: For many years, scholars in Physical Education Teacher Educator (PETE) have argued for the importance of educating pre-service teachers (PSTs) about equality (e.g. Evans, J. 1990. "Defining a Subject: The Rise and Rise of the New Physical Education?" "British Journal of Sociology of Education" 11: 155-169),…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Sociocultural Patterns, Social Justice, Physical Education
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Hill, Joanne; Philpot, Rod; Walton-Fisette, Jennifer L.; Sutherland, Sue; Flemons, Michelle; Ovens, Alan; Phillips, Sharon; Flory, Sara B. – Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 2018
Background: Physical education (PE) and physical education teacher education (PETE) have a substantial literature base that advocates for students to develop a critical consciousness, appreciate multiple perspectives, and engage in actions to enhance social justice [Tinning, R. 2016. "Transformative Pedagogies and Physical Education." In…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Sociocultural Patterns, Physical Education, Physical Education Teachers
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Walton-Fisette, Jennifer L.; Sutherland, Sue – Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 2018
Social justice has been steadily gaining traction in physical education (PE) and physical education teacher education (PETE) for more than 40 years. During that time, scholars have argued for the importance of explicating the hidden curriculum, educating pre-service teachers (PSTs) about equality, sociocultural perspectives and issues, and most…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Physical Education, Teacher Education Programs, Foreign Countries
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Enright, Eimear; Coll, Leanne; Ní Chróinín, Deirdre; Fitzpatrick, Mary – Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 2017
Background: Student voice agendas have been slow to permeate higher educational institutions. Curricula in universities, like those in primary and secondary education, are still usually made for students by teachers who, while they may have the best interests of the students in mind, rarely if ever engage students in curriculum decision-making.…
Descriptors: Student Empowerment, Physical Education, Physical Education Teachers, Teacher Educators
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O' Brien, Wesley; Belton, Sarahjane; Issartel, Johann – Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 2016
Background: Literature suggests that physical education programmes ought to provide intense instruction towards basic movement skills needed to enjoy a variety of physical activities. Fundamental movement skills (FMS) are basic observable patterns of behaviour present from childhood to adulthood (e.g. run, skip and kick). Recent evidence indicates…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Adolescents, Youth, Physical Activities
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Ní Chróinín, Déirdre; Cosgrave, Caitríona – Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 2013
Background: Incorporating assessment as a regular practice can enhance teaching and learning in primary physical education. However, there is little evidence to suggest primary teachers use assessment strategies regularly in their physical education classes. Purpose: To explore the impact of incorporating assessment into primary teachers' physical…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Student Evaluation, Formative Evaluation, Elementary School Teachers
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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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Kinchin, Gary D.; Macphail, Ann; Chroinin, Deirdre Ni – Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 2009
Background: While there is considerable literature on Sport Education, little attention has been afforded to an investigation into the use of a specific festival as a culmination to a season. Aims: The purpose of this paper is to examine primary school pupils' and teachers' perceptions of an inter-school festival. Methods: Pupils from eight…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Athletics, Teaching Methods, Students
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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