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The (mis)alignment between young people’s collective physical activity experience and physical education curriculum development in Ireland
Coulter, Maura; Scanlon, Dylan; MacPhail, Ann; O'Brien, Wesley; Belton, Sarahjane; Woods, Catherine
Major curriculum changes have recently occurred in Ireland, including redeveloping the primary curriculum and the enactment of the Junior Cycle Framework (DES, 2015). Positive and negative experiences affect the attitudes which contribute to determining the quality of curricular experiences. Therefore, a smooth transition from primary to post-primary should be predicated upon continuity of curricula and of young people’s positive learning experiences in physical education. Framed in the work of Fullan (1991) and Dewey (1997), this study aims to understand how young people’s experiences of collective physical activity can inform physical education curriculum development and enactment. Focus group interviews were conducted in three primary and three post-primary schools. The young people’s experiences reflected the features of meaningful physical education: fun opportunities, preferably outside; to socially interact with friends; provision of activities that are both competitive and non-competitive; activities focused on team sport and alternative forms of movement such as yoga; differentiated activities and teams and choice, beyond choosing between team sports only. We argue that the young person’s voice has the potential to inform policy and practice, as well as enforce and advocate for policy and practice that positions young people at the centre of the learning experience.
Keyword(s): Education; physical education; curriculum development; physical activity; sport; student voice, meaningful experiences
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Type: Other
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: Dublin City University
Citation(s): Coulter, Maura ORCID: 0000-0001-9406-2349 <>, Scanlon, Dylan ORCID: 0000-0002-8774-0532 <>, MacPhail, Ann ORCID: 0000-0003-1875-0582 <>, O'Brien, Wesley ORCID: 0000-0001-6801-7341 <>, Belton, Sarahjane ORCID: 0000-0001-9672-6276 <> and Woods, Catherine ORCID: 0000-0002-0892-6591 <> (2020) The (mis)alignment between young people’s collective physical activity experience and physical education curriculum development in Ireland. Curriculum Studies in Health and Physical Education, 11 (3). pp. 204-221. ISSN 2574-2981
Publisher(s): Taylor & Francis
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First Indexed: 2020-10-15 06:20:01 Last Updated: 2020-11-12 06:29:26