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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

Book

2013

Children moving: A reflective approach to teaching physical
Graham, G., Holt/Hale, S., & Parker, M.

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.

Book Chapter

2017

Professional development experiences and organizational socialization
Parker, M., Patton, K., & Tannehill, D.
New perspectives on teacher socialization in physical education

2017

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

2017
2017

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

2016

Snapshots: Teacher educator professional learning shaping teacher educator practices
Parker, M., NíChróinín, D., Coulter, M., Walsh, C., & McFlynn, P.
Enacting self-study as methodology for professional inquiry

2015

Standards based curriculum development
Parker, M., & Stiehl, J.
Teaching personal and social responsibility

2015

Outdoor education
Stiehl, J., & Parker, M.
Standards based curriculum development

2013

“Stuff that I Do”: Children’s views of and meanings assigned to physical activity
Patton, K., & Parker, M.
Physical culture, pedagogies and visual methods

Peer Reviewed Journal

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.
European Physical Education Review DOI: 10.1177/1356336X16683898

2016

“I took this picture because…”: Teachers’ depictions and descriptions of change.
Parker, M., Patton, K., & Sinclair, C.
Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy

2016

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

2015

‘I learned more at lunchtime’: Guideposts for reimagining professional development
Patton, K. & Parker, M.
Journal Of Physical Education, Recreation And Dance

2015

Looking across and within: studying ourselves as teacher educators
Tannehill, D., Parker, M., Tindall, D., Moody, B., & MacPhail, A.
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.
The Physical Educator

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.
European Journal of Sport Science

2014

Leading by example: Teacher educators’ professional learning through communities of practice
MacPhail, A., Patton, K., Parker, M., & Tannehill, D.
Quest

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.
Journal Of Sports Medicine And Physical Fitness

2013

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

2013

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

2012

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

2012

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