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Dr. Melissa Parker

Biography

Missy joined the Physical Education and Sport Sciences Department as a Lecturer in 2013. Prior to joining the faculty at UL, she was a Professor at the University of Northern Colorado. She was an elementary physical education specialist for five years and until moving to Ireland she continued to teach in programs for underserved youth. Dr. Parker received her Ph.D. and M.A. from The Ohio State University. Her undergraduate degree was from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro from which she received the 2003 School of Health and Human Performance Distinguished Alumni Award.

Dr. Parker's scholarly areas of interest include accessing teacher and student voice, the professional learning of teachers and teacher educators, the study of constructivist learning, and the pedagogies that support that learning. In particular she has combined these interests into the creation, design, implementation, and study of before, after, and during school physical education and physical activity programmes. Furthermore, her work has focused on the pedagogical conditions necessary to foster independent learning, voice, and student learning in these environments.



Publications

Books

2013

Children moving: A reflective approach to teaching physical
Graham, G., Holt/Hale, S., & Parker, M.
(2013) Children moving: A reflective approach to teaching physical
New York : McGraw-Hill

2000

Serving underserved youth through physical activity: Toward a model of university-community collaboration
Cutforth, N., Hellison, D., Kallusky, J., Martinek, T., Parker, M., & Stiehl, J.
(2000) Serving underserved youth through physical activity: Toward a model of university-community collaboration
Champaign, IL : Human Kinetics

Book Chapters

2017

Professional development experiences and organizational socialization
Parker, M., Patton, K., & Tannehill, D.
(2017) Professional development experiences and organizational socialization
In New perspectives on teacher socialization in physical education; London : Routledge

2017

Promoting social inclusion and physical activity for students with special educational needs through adventure education.
Tindall, D., Neylon, J., Parker, M., & Tannehill, D.
(2017) Promoting social inclusion and physical activity for students with special educational needs through adventure education.
In International advances in education: Global initiatives for equity and social justice; Charlotte, NC : Charlotte, NC

2017

CPD: What does the international research evidence tell us about effective and ineffective forms of CPD?
Parker, M. & Patton, K
(2017) CPD: What does the international research evidence tell us about effective and ineffective forms of CPD?
In Routledge handbook of physical education; New York : Routledge

2017

Elementary Physical Education Specialist Use of Technology
Parker, M., Morrison, J., Patton, K., Hinchion, C., Hall, K. & Stellino, M
(2017) Elementary Physical Education Specialist Use of Technology
In Pedagogical cases: Digital technologies in youth physical activity, physical education & sport; London : Routledge

2016

Snapshots: Teacher educator professional learning shaping teacher educator practices
Parker, M., NíChróinín, D., Coulter, M., Walsh, C., & McFlynn, P.
(2016) Snapshots: Teacher educator professional learning shaping teacher educator practices
In Enacting self-study as methodology for professional inquiry ; Herstmonceux, UK : Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices (S-STEP)

2015

Standards based curriculum development
Parker, M., & Stiehl, J.
(2015) Standards based curriculum development
In Teaching personal and social responsibility; Boston : Jones & Bartlett

2015

Outdoor education
Stiehl, J., & Parker, M.
(2015) Outdoor education
In Standards based curriculum development; Boston : Jones & Bartlett

2013

'Stuff that I Do': Children's views of and meanings assigned to physical activity
Patton, K., & Parker, M.
(2013) 'Stuff that I Do': Children's views of and meanings assigned to physical activity
In Physical culture, pedagogies and visual methods; London : Sage

Peer Reviewed Journals

2017

Drawing' conclusions: Primary school children's construction of school physical education and physical activity opportunities outside of school.
Parker, M., MacPhail, A., O'Sullivan, M., Ní Chróinín, D., & McEvoy, E.
(2017) Drawing' conclusions: Primary school children's construction of school physical education and physical activity opportunities outside of school.
In European Physical Education Review; pp. 1-18
DOI: 10.1177/1356336X16683898

2016

Signature pedagogies in support of teachers' professional learning
Parker, M, Patton, K. & O'Sullivan, M
(2016) Signature pedagogies in support of teachers' professional learning
In Irish Educational Studies Irish Educational Studies ;
DOI: 10.1080/03323315.2016.1141700

2016

'I took this picture because…': Teachers' depictions and descriptions of change.
Parker, M., Patton, K., & Sinclair, C.
(2016) 'I took this picture because…': Teachers' depictions and descriptions of change.
In Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy ; pp. 328-346

2015

‘I learned more at lunchtime': Guideposts for reimagining professional development
Patton, K. & Parker, M.
(2015) ‘I learned more at lunchtime': Guideposts for reimagining professional development
In Journal Of Physical Education, Recreation And Dance; pp. 23-29

2015

Looking across and within: studying ourselves as teacher educators
Tannehill, D., Parker, M., Tindall, D., Moody, B., & MacPhail, A.
(2015) Looking across and within: studying ourselves as teacher educators
In Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education ;

2015

Understanding motivators and barriers to physical activity
Patay, M., Patton, K., Parker, M., Fahey, K., & Sinclair, C.
(2015) Understanding motivators and barriers to physical activity
In The Physical Educator; pp. 496-517

2014

Moving from ‘Things to do on Monday' to student learning: Physical education professional development facilitators' views of success
Patton, K., & Parker. M.
(2014) Moving from ‘Things to do on Monday' to student learning: Physical education professional development facilitators' views of success
In Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy ;
DOI: DOI:10.1080/17408989.2012.726980

2014

Leading by example: Teacher educators' professional learning through communities of practice
MacPhail, A., Patton, K., Parker, M., & Tannehill, D.
(2014) Leading by example: Teacher educators' professional learning through communities of practice
In Quest;

2014

Validation and factorial invariance of children's attraction to physical activity (CAPA) scale in Portugal.
Seabra, A., Malina, R., Parker, M., Seabra, A., Brustad, R., Maia, J., & Fonseca, A.
(2014) Validation and factorial invariance of children's attraction to physical activity (CAPA) scale in Portugal.
In European Journal of Sport Science;

2013

Meaningful learning in professional development: Teaching without telling.
Patton, K., Parker, M., & Pratt, E.
(2013) Meaningful learning in professional development: Teaching without telling.
In Journal Of Teaching In Physical Education;

2013

The voice of youth: Atmosphere in positive youth development program.
Ward, S. & Parker, M.
(2013) The voice of youth: Atmosphere in positive youth development program.
In Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy ;
DOI: 10.1080/17408989.2012.726974.

2013

Confirmatory factor analysis of the children's attraction to physical activity (CAPA) scale.
Seabra, A., Maia, J., Parker, M., Seabra, A., Brustad, R., & Fonseca, A.
(2013) Confirmatory factor analysis of the children's attraction to physical activity (CAPA) scale.
In Journal Of Sports Medicine And Physical Fitness;

2012

Mapping the landscape of Irish physical education professional development.
Parker, M., Patton, K., & Tannehill, D.
(2012) Mapping the landscape of Irish physical education professional development.
In Irish Educational Studies Irish Educational Studies ;

2012

Tennis shoes required: The role of the facilitator in professional development
Patton, K., Parker, M., & Neutzling, M.
(2012) Tennis shoes required: The role of the facilitator in professional development
In Research Quarterly For Exercise And Sport;