UL Academic Delivers Scholar Lecture Award

Professor Ann MacPhail

University of Limerick’s Professor Ann MacPhail was awarded the title of the British Education Research Association (BERA) Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy Scholar for 2016 at a conference recently.

As part of the honour Professor MacPhail, who is Head of the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, delivered a lecture at the BERA Conference at Leeds University.

The title recognises the distinguished contribution to the physical education and sport pedagogy research community of the awardee.

The scholar lecture provides an opportunity for participants to listen and debate a variety of issues pertinent to the physical education and sport pedagogy research community. Professor MacPhail’s lecture was titled ‘PESP and the three ‘A’s: apprenticeship, academia and administration’.

It focused on the power scholars, as individuals and as a community, have to entice and encourage individuals into the area of sport pedagogy, to mentor them as they develop as scholars, to learn from and with them, and to prepare them to become confident, informed and caring individuals with a continued passion for the field.

Professor MacPhail urged attendees to consider a number of “pertinent and urgent issues” including considering the extent to which PESP is actively recruiting early-career scholars. She also advised doing more work to establish ‘participation frameworks’ and encouraging more work on how early-career colleagues negotiate their development in the field of PESP through entry into the university system.