Biography

Mary joined the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences in 2005 and then served as Inaugural Dean of Education and Health Sciences (2008-2014). She established the PE PAYS Research Centre in 2005 and served as a Director for ten years. Mary's current research interests are focussed on Teacher Education practices and policies with projects on Irish teacher accreditation, global issues in Physical Education teacher education, and student voice (preservice teachers) in Physical Education.

Research Interests

Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy
Teaching and Teacher Education
Teacher Professional Education
Curriculum Innovation in PE

Professional Activities

Association

  • 2014 Secretary General , AIESEP (International Assoc. for Physical Education in Higher Education)
  • 2006 Member and Assoc Editor of Journal, Irish Educational Studies Association
  • 2006 Member of the 2006 Abstract Review Panel for the Research Consortium for AAHPERD., Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD)
  • 1998 Board of Governors, AIESEP (International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education)
  • 1997 Member, Physical Education Association of Ireland

Award

  • 2007 - UL Alumni Award Recipient
  • 2006 - 2006 Physical Education SIG Scholar USA
  • 2005 - 2005 Ohio State Distinguished Collaborative Award
  • 2005 - British Educational Reserach Assocation Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy SIG Scholar
  • 2005 - 2005 Colleg of Education Distinguished Collaborative Award
  • 2004 - Metzler Freeman Exemplary Research Paper for Journal of Teaching in Physical Education
  • 2004 - NAPEHE Administrator of Year Award
  • 2004 - Michael Darmody Inagaural Lecture
  • 2001 - Honor Award: AAHPERD Curriculum and Instruction Academy
  • 1999 - Fellow, American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education (now known as American Academy of Kinesiology)
  • 1997 - The Trinter Award (w/D Tannehill)
  • 1996 - Honor Award

Committee

  • 2006 Physical Education and Sport Sciences Taskforce,
  • 2005 PESS Research Committee,
  • 2005 Chair of Education Search Committee,
  • 2005 UL Graduate Medical School Advisory Board,
  • 2005 Public Appointments Service,

Employment

  • 2005 University of Limerick - Professor
  • 2005 University of Limerick - Dean
  • 2001 The Ohio State University - Associate Dean, College of Education
  • 1994 The Ohio State University - Interim Director, School of HPER
  • 1991 The Ohio State University - Research Associate
  • 1986 The Ohio State University - Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, & Professor
  • 1983 University of Victoria - Assistant Professor

Education

  • 2003 Harvard University - Certificate
  • 1983 The Ohio State University, USA - Ph.D.
  • 1980 University of Victoria, Canada - M.A.
  • 1977 Thomond College of Education - B.A.

Books

Co-construction of PE content: contemporary research approaches: PESP Special Issue

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2007
London
Routledge
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Assessing Student and Team Responsibility in Physical Education

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2000
Reston, VA
American Association of Health, Physical Education
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Book Chapters

Preparing Physical Education Teachers for the New Millennium: Keeping our Eyes on the Prize.

Emeritus Sl. Deborah Tannehill
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1999
Seoul, South Korea
Korean Sport Sciences
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A descriptive analytic study of student teacher effectiveness and student behavior in secondary school physical education.

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1985
University of Victoria
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Professional development of cooperating teachers

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1992
Loughborough, England
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The art and science of teaching in physical education and sport. Lisbon: MH Faculdade de Motricidada Humana.

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2005
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The goals and purposes of supervision: Implications of theoretical perspectives.

Emeritus Sl. Deborah Tannehill
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1992
Limerick
University of Limerick
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Review of classroom management and teacher effectiveness as it relates specifically to elementary physical education

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1985
Vancouver, Canada
University of British Columbia.
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Physical Education in Ireland in the 21st Century: A view through the looking glass.

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1994
Champaign, IL, USA
Human Kinetics
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Cultural Studies Curriculum in Physical Activity and Sport

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2005
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Introduction: re-visioning young people's voices in physical education and sport

Prof. Ann MacPhail
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2010
London
Routledge
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Teaching as Professional Inquiry

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
Emeritus L. Carmel Hinchion
2010
London
Continuum
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The investigation of computer augmented training on selected managerial skills of physical education students

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1986
London:
E. & F.N. Spon
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International Perspectives on the Future of Sport and Physical Education: A Synoptic Overview.

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1994
Champaign, IL
Human Kinetics
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Gender equity and physical education: A USA pespective

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2002
London
Routledge
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Physical Education and Education through Sport in Ireland

Prof. Ann MacPhail
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2007
Paris
Editions Revue EP.S
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Multiple dimensions of interactivity: an empirically-based investigation of methodological issues in self study of practice research

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2016
Auckland
University of Auckland Press
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Using computer-videotape materials to assess students' observational skills

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1987
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What do we know about the professional preparation of teachers

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1996
Champaign, IL:
Human Kinetics.
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Teaching as Professional Inquiry.

Emeritus Sl. Deborah Tannehill
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2009
London, UK
Routledge
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Critical friendship and meta-critical friendship: re-interrogating assumptions

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2016
Lanham, MD:
Lexington Books. An Imprint of Rowman & Littlefield.
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The effects of monitoring on the verbal feedback of student teachers in secondary school physical education

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1988
London
The PEA of Great Britain & Northern Ireland.
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Young People are Talking but Are We Listening.

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1999
Ichon, Korea
University of Inchon.
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Impact of interactive disc technology on preservice teachers ability to analyze motor performance

Emeritus Sl. Deborah Tannehill
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1991
Greenville, NC.
Society for Technologyand Teacher Education
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Where We Go from Here: Developing Pedagogies for PETE and the Use of Self-Study in Physical Education and Teacher Education

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2014
LONDON
Springer
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Using research on teaching

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1988
Kagan & Woo.
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Education for An Active Lifestyle: Challenges to Teacher and Coach Preparation.

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1998
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Weaving a Web of Relationships

Emeritus Sl. Deborah Tannehill
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2000
New York
Suny Press
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Listening to Young People's Voices in Physical Education and Youth Sport

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2012
London
Routledge
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Beginning teachers struggle for legitimacy

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1990
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Physical Education and Education through Sport in Ireland

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2007
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Goals and purposes of supervision

Emeritus Sl. Deborah Tannehill
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1994
Champaign, IL
Human Kinetics
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Sport Pedagogy

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2004
Berlin
ISCCPE
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Looking Outward to the Future: A reaction of Locke's Looking Backward: 2100-2000.

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2001
Lincoln, NE
University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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What Do We Know About the Professional Preparation of Teachers?

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2003
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Edited Books

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Peer Reviewed Journals

Research quality in physical education and sport pedagogy

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2007
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Innovation in Two Alternative Elementary School Programs: Why It Works.

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1998
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A school-university collaborative journey towards relevance and meaning in an urban high school physical education program

Emeritus Sl. Deborah Tannehill
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1999
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Attitudes toward physical education: Their impact on how physical education teachers make sense of their work

Emeritus Sl. Deborah Tannehill
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1994
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A didactic analysis of content development during the peer teaching tasks of a Sport Education season

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2007
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Socialization of Prospective Physical Education Teachers: The Story of New Blood.

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2000
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"I Know When I Did It, I Got Frustrated": The Influence of 'Living' a Curriculum for Preservice Teachers

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2017
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Enhancers and inhibitors of teacher change among secondary physical educators

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2007
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Good data are all you have: The legacy of a PETE scholar

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2002
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Physical education teacher education in the United States

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1990
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A Layered Approach to Critical Friendship as a Means to Support Pedagogical Innovation in Pre-service Teacher Education

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2016
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Principles for Professional Development

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2006
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Interactive video technology in teacher education

Emeritus Sl. Deborah Tannehill
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1989
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Breaking out: Co-dependency of high school physical education.

Emeritus Sl. Deborah Tannehill
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1994
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Research on content in physical education: theoretical perspectives and current debates

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2007
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High School General Physical Education Teachers' Behaviors and Beliefs Associated with Inclusion

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2004
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Elementary Classroom Teachers' Beliefs Across Time: Learning to Teach Physical Education

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2016
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Fifth Dimension

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1989
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Theories of Action and Theories in Use.

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2003
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Making physical education meaningful for high school students.

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1999
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Signature pedagogies in support of teachers' professional learning

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2016
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Professional Dialogue as Professional Development

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2006
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A queer politics of emotion: reimagining sexualities and schooling

Dr. Breda Gray
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2016
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Teacher certification testing in physical education

Emeritus Sl. Deborah Tannehill
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1990
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Making a Difference for Urban Youth

Emeritus Sl. Deborah Tannehill
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2001
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Professional Lives of Irish Physical Education Teachers: Stories of Resilience, Respect and Resignation

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2006
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Drawing' conclusions: Primary school children's construction of school physical education and physical activity opportunities outside of school.

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
Dr. Melissa Parker
2017
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"Now, I'm Magazine Detective the Whole Time": Listening and Responding to Young People's Complex Experiences of Popular Physical Culture

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2013
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Effects of intervention on differential treatment of boys and girls in elementary physical education lessons.

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1986
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Incidences of Student Support for and Resistance to a Curricular Innovation in High School Physical Education.

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2003
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Making a Difference for Urban Youths

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2001
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From initial teacher education through induction and beyond: a longitudinal study of primary teacher beliefs

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2014
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The Effects of a Long-Term Professional Development Program on the Beliefs and Practices of Experienced Teachers

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2006
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Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual teachers' negotiations of civil partnership and schools: ambivalent attachments to religion and secularism

Dr. Breda Gray
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2017
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Students' and parents' attitudes.

Emeritus Sl. Deborah Tannehill
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1994
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Skill analysis using interactive videodisc technology.

Emeritus Sl. Deborah Tannehill
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1991
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Sport Education: Physical Education for the New Millennium?

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2005
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'Can I do it in my pyjamas?' Negotiating a physical education curriculum with teenage girls

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2010
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Chapter 7: Principles of professional development

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2006
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Failing gym is like failing lunch or recess: Two beginning teachers' struggle for legitimacy

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1989
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Darwinism in the Gym

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2003
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The many faces of integrated physical education.

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1997
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Editorial for Special Issue

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2012
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Effective Professional Development; What do we Know?

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2006
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Introduction to Special Issue

Prof. Ann MacPhail
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2012
Philadelphia, PA
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Teacher certification testing in physical education

Emeritus Sl. Deborah Tannehill
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1999
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Signature pedagogies in support of teachers' professional learning

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
Dr. Melissa Parker
2016
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Teacher educators' perspectives on the implementation of beginning teacher standards for physical education in Ireland: developing and regulating the profession?

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2013
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Toward collegiality: Competing viewpoints among teacher educators.

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1992
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Chapter 5: Professional dialogue as professional development

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2006
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Modifying ALT-PE for game play contexts and other reflections.

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1983
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High school physical education teachers and their world of work: Scope of the project.

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1994
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Using self-study to explore the processes of pedagogical innovation in physical education teacher education,

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2015
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The educational perceptions and experiences of Irish pre-service and beginning physical education teachers

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2009
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The Contexts of Urban Settings

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2006
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Lifestyles and gendered patterns of leisure and sporting interests among Irish adolescents

Prof. Ann MacPhail
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2009
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The fifth dimension: Extending the physical education program

Emeritus Sl. Deborah Tannehill
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1989
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Pedagogical principles of learning to teach meaningful physical education

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2018
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Teacher educators' perspectives on the implementation of beginning teacher standards for Physical Education in Ireland: Developing and regulating the profession

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2012
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A School University Collaborative Journey toward Relevance and Meaning in and Urban high School Physical Education Program.

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1999
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Chapter 3: The effects of a long-term professional development program on the beliefs and practices of experienced teachers

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2006
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Teacher certification testing in physical education.

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1990
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Rules, routines, and expectations of 11 high school physical education teachers.

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1994
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Education: a space to survive and thrive?

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2014
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Physical Education "in All Sorts of Corners": Student Activists Transgressing Formal Physical Education Curricular Boundaries

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2012
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Possibilities and Pitfalls of a Public Health Agenda

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2004
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Student discourse on physical activity and sport among Irish young people

Prof. Ann MacPhail
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2007
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Elementary physical education specialists: A commitment to student learning

Emeritus Sl. Deborah Tannehill
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1989
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Physical education student teachers' perceptions of applying knowledge and skills about emotional understanding studied in PETE in a one-year teaching practicum

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2013
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Beginning teacher standards for physical education: Promoting a democratic ideal?

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2012
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Research on expertise: Guideposts for expertise and teacher education in physical education.

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1994
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Chapter 2: Effective professional development - What we now know

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2006
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Contextual hoops and hurdles: Workplace conditions in secondary physical education.

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1994
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Similarities and differences in pedagogy and content: 5 years later.

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1998
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New Directions, new questions,: Relationships between curriculum, pedagogy and assessment in physical education

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2013
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What undergraduate physical education majors learn during a field experience

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1992
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'The Trouble with Normal': (re)imagining sexuality education with young people

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2018
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A career in teaching: decisions of the heart rather than the head

Prof. Ann MacPhail
Emeritus Sl. Deborah Tannehill
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2009
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Teacher testing and implications for physical education

Emeritus Sl. Deborah Tannehill
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1990
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Rhetoric and reality: the role of the teacher in shaping a school sport programme

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2012
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Culture, Pedagogy, and Teacher Change in an Urban High School: How would you like your Eggs Done?

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1998
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Case method in physical education higher education: A pedagogy of change?

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1997
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Chapter 1: The contexts of urban settings

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2006
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Using Pedagogical Reflective Strategies to enhance reflection among pre-service physical education teachers

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1994
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The role of reflection in shaping physical Education Teachers' educational values and practices.

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1997
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'Producing different knowledge and producing knowledge differently': rethinking physical education research and practice through participatory visual methods

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2012
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Other Journals

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Conference Publications

Physical Education Futures Conference

Prof. Ann MacPhail
Emeritus Sl. Deborah Tannehill
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2007
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World Congress for Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP)

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2006
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Irish Primary Teachers Physical Education Association.

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2005
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British Education Research Association Conference

Prof. Ann MacPhail
Emeritus Sl. Deborah Tannehill
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2007
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PE SIG British Educational Research Association Conference

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2005
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ENSEE International Conference

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2005
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British Educational Research Association Annual Conference

Prof. Pat O'Connor
Prof. Ann MacPhail
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2005
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AIESEP World Congress

Prof. Ann MacPhail
Emeritus Sl. Deborah Tannehill
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2006
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ARIS Conference

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2005
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National Coaching and Training Centre National Forum

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2005
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British Education Research Association Conference

Prof. Pat O'Connor
Prof. Ann MacPhail
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2005
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AIESEP World Congress

Prof. Ann MacPhail
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2006
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National Coaching and Training Centre National Forum

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2005
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New Foundations: School ‘Ethos' and LGBT Sexualities

Dr. Breda Gray
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2013
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British Educational Research Association

Emeritus Sl. Deborah Tannehill
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2006
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World Congress for Physical Education in Higher Education

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2006
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PE-PAYS Forum

Prof. Ann MacPhail
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2008
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British Educational Research Conference

Emeritus Sl. Deborah Tannehill
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2006
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American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Annual Convention

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2005
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AIESEP Annual Convention

Prof. Ann MacPhail
Emeritus Sl. Deborah Tannehill
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2006
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American Educational Research Conference: Physical Education Special Interest Group

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2005
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AIESEP International conference

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2005
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British Educational Research Association conference

Prof. Ann MacPhail
Emeritus Sl. Deborah Tannehill
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2007
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ICPHER-SD Regional Oceania Congress

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2006
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National Coaching and Training Centre National Forum

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2005
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Conference Contributions

AIESEP International Conference

Prof. Ann MacPhail
Emeritus Sl. Deborah Tannehill
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2011
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Published Reports

New Foundations: School 'Ethos' and LGBT Sexualities Conference Report

Dr. Breda Gray
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2013
Dublin
Irish Research Council
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Editorials

New directions, new questions: relationships between curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment in physical education

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2013
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Special Issue: Physical Education

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2012
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Book Reviews

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Other Publications

CPD Community of Practice: Impact on Assessment Practices of Teachers

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2010
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Negotiating individual and district level change: A sociocultural journey into teachers' professional development

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2006
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New Foundations: School Ethos and LBGT Sexualities Summary Report

Dr. Breda Gray
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2013
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Special Issue: Moving People, Moving Forward: Keynote Addresses from the AIESEP 2011 International Conference Introduction

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2012
Philadelphia
Routledge
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Performance principle training for skill analysis

Emeritus Sl. Deborah Tannehill
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1996
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Self instructing Module for Skill Analysis of Long Jump

Emeritus Sl. Deborah Tannehill
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1989
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Developing interactive videodisc materials for skill analysis training

Emeritus Sl. Deborah Tannehill
Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
1991
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New directions, new questions: relationships between curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment in physical education

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2013
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Special Issue: Physical Education

Prof. Mary O'Sullivan
2012
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