PEPAYS Ireland is delighted to announce Dr Ihi Heke will deliver a presentation entitled
'Atua to Matua: Building A New Maori Health and Physical Activity Framework'
Tuesday 30th September, 4-5pm, PEPAYS Research Centre, PESS, UL (Room P1007)
to an open audience at the University of Limerick
Dr. Ihi Heke is currently a Maori health & physical activity consultant involved in a number of projects ranging from national New Zealand health and physical activity initiatives funded by the Ministries of Education and Health to working in applied roles with elite athletes as a sport psychologist and strength/conditioner. Previously he has held lecturing roles in the School of Physical Education at the University of Otago, Prince Sultan University in Saudia Arabia and the Wananga o Raukawa (Māori University). Dr Heke is also a consultant to the New Zealand Academy of Sport delivering to several national sporting bodies including; Motorsport New Zealand, Cycling New Zealand, Motorcycling New Zealand and New Zealand Swimming Federation. Dr. Heke believes it is time to reassess both Physical and outdoor education processes in New Zealand to include a much higher level of indigenous Māori related information. Currently, the messages and strategies used to inform PE & EOTC lack the specificity to encompass the diversity of Māori views of the environment or more specifically environmental deities and how they contribute to perpetuating Māori lineage. Ironically in a New Zealand context, by 2031 over half of the New Zealand population will have some Māori lineage. Also, an international interest in the expression of environmental connections as physical activity modalities e.g., Environmental Cross Fit, have increased the interest in indigenous forms of physical activity conducted outdoors. This presentation will provide examples of environmentally based physical education, outdoor education and exercise psychology from an indigenous Māori perspective. Both pre-European and contemporary interpretations of the New Zealand environment will highlight the range of training opportunities that exist.
Dr Ash Casey and Dr Ann MacPhail after a really interesting presentation yesterday.
PEPAYS Lecture: "Do we need a pedagogy of technology for physical education?”
Thursday 26th June, 4-5pm, PEPAYS Research Centre, PESS, UL
The use of technology is growing in every field except Education (Fullan, 2013) and yet the technology that schools and universities have invested in is often so commonplace to have become another part of the furniture (Selwyn, 2011). Indeed, it could be argued that we would be much more surprised to walk into a classroom and not find a computer than we would be to see one. At a time when Robinson (2011) guessed that there might be more processing power in one smart phone than there was in the world in the 1940s the question should not be “what can technology do for education but what can education do with technology.” Learning is not something that could or should be driven by technology; that‘s pedagogy’s job. However, learning is something that can be accelerated by technology and this is what this presentation explores. In asking “should we have a pedagogy of technology in physical education” this discussion as the audience to consider the ways in which technology can be used to accelerate learning and, through illustration, how it might have been used poorly in the past.
Ashley, a Lecturer in Pedagogy at Loughborough University and Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of Limerick, is an active researcher in physical education and sport pedagogy (focusing on technology, social media, practitioner research and models-based practice) and is a member of a number of international organisations. He is an active member of twitter, writes a weekly research blog for teachers at www.peprn.com/news.aspx and publishes a weekly podcast. His website has received over 70,000 unique visitors from 120 countries since its inception in July 2010.