Sport Pedagogy

Sport Pedagogy is the joining of education and sport. In its broadest context sport pedagogy includes physical activity, physical education, wellness and sport for all age groups. It is evidenced-based and practice-focused, built on a foundation of effective teaching and coaching, and aimed at promoting participants’ learning. Sport Pedagogy encompasses three dimensions, 1) knowledge in content, 2) learners and learning, and 3) teachers/teaching and coaches/coaching.

 

Sport Pedagogy in PESS

Sport Pedagogy is a core area of the Physical Education, Physical Activity and Youth Sport (PE-PAYS) Research Centre that resides within the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences (PESS).. The University of Limerick is considered both a national and international leader in Sport Pedagogy demonstrated through both involvement in, and leading research and practice in, the field. Our current research themes include the study of initial teacher education and teacher educators, quality physical education, teachers’ and teacher educators’ professional development and learning, and education and physical education policy analysis and critique.  Sport pedagogy related links have been made with the Research Centre for Education and Professional Practice (in the School of Education in EHS), Coaching Ireland and the National Council for Exercise and Fitness.  Links have also forged with the Centre for Physical Activity and Health (which resides in PESS) and ULBeo.

 

Key Contacts in Sport Pedagogy in PESS and areas of Research

Prof. Ann MacPhail (ann.macphail@ul.ie) – Young people’s voices; communities of practice and continuing professional development; self-study

Prof. Mary O’Sullivan (Mary.OSullivan@ul.ie) - Young people’s voices; communities of practice and continuing professional development

Dr. Melissa Parker (missy.parker@ul.ie) - Communities of practice and continuing professional development; self-study of teacher education; young people’s voices

Dr. Deborah Tannehill (Deborah.Tannehill@ul.ie) - Communities of practice and continuing professional development; self-study

Dr. Daniel Tindall (daniel.tindall@ul.ie) – Inclusion in physical activity and physical education

Brigitte Moody (brigitte.moody@ul.ie)  – Self-study; dance pedagogy

Dr. Antonio Calderon (antonio.calderon@ul.ie)  – Pedagogical models; digital learning

 

Sport Pedagogy Publications (click on link)