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Supporting primary teachers to teach children physical: continuing the journey

Murphy, Frances M. orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-3026-9778 and O'Leary, Michael orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-6771-904X (2012) Supporting primary teachers to teach children physical: continuing the journey. Irish Educational Studies, 31 (3). pp. 297-310. ISSN 0332-3315

Little attention was paid to professional development of primary teachers in Ireland to support them in teaching physical education (PE) until 2004 when specific support was provided to help them implement the revised Primary Physical Education Curriculum. A significant National In-service Physical Education Programme was undertaken involving the preparation of a cohort of tutors who were to facilitate the programme to all primary teachers. This study focuses on the findings from a study of the effectiveness of the programme from the tutors’ and teachers’ perspectives beginning with the preparation of the tutors for facilitation of the programme. Elements of good practice emerged that can inform future policy with regard to support of primary teachers teaching PE within the constraints of funding. These include (1) the importance of quality preparation of tutors acknowledging the advantage of technology that may provide a new and cost effective way of supporting them, and (2) retaining the practical exploration of content by both tutors and teachers that prompts reflection on the nature and content of programmes of PE.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:primary; physical education; professional development
Subjects:Social Sciences > Education
Social Sciences > Teaching
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Institute of Education > School of Policy & Practice
Publisher:Routledge (Taylor & Francis)
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03323315.2012.710065
Copyright Information:© 2012 Taylor & Francis. This is an electronic version of an article published in Irish Educational Studies & is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03323315.2012.710065
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:21573
Deposited On:22 Dec 2016 13:25 by Thomas Murtagh . Last Modified 02 Mar 2022 12:55

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