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PEPAYS Ireland 2022 Forum Schedule
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PEPAYS Ireland 2022 Forum Schedule

11th June 2022 – Physical Education and Sports Sciences Department, University of Limerick



09:15 – 10:00 

Coffee & Registration  


Welcome & Forum Overview: Prof Ann MacPhail & Dr Brendan O’Keeffe

10.10 – 10.55

Keynote Address: Dr Karen Weekes

(Munster Technological University, #Shecando)  

10.55 – 11.00 


11:00 – 12:00 

Key Thematic Presentations (15 mins + Qs)


  1. Social Justice (Dr. Carla Luguetti, Victoria University, Australia, and Dr Jennifer Walton-Fisette, Kent State University)  
  2. Developing a Physical Activity Environment Policy Index (Kevin Volf and Prof Catherine Woods, University of Limerick)


Coffee Break with Snacks  

12:15– 13.15

Research through Practice Workshops


  1. Meaningful Engagement in Self-study: learning about practice in PE and sport (Grace Cardiff, Dr  Richard Bowles, Mary Immaculate College, D. Maura Coulter, Dublin City University, and Tony Sweeney, Maynooth University)   Location = P1003/Computer lab
  2. Identifying Research Priorities for Youth Sport in Ireland (Dr Phil Kearney, University of Limerick)   Location = P1007
  3. 'Stop and talk: Reconnecting with colleagues' (Prof Ann MacPhail, University of Limerick) Location = Café Area

13.15 – 13.25


13:25 - 14.15

Parallel research presentations Session 1

Room 1: School-based PA Promotion                  (Room = P1-033) Chair= Catherine Woods

  • Are School-Based Interventions Promoting the 24-Hour Movement Guidelines among Children? A Systematic Scoping Review - Javier Rodrigo-Sanjoaquín, Julien Bois, Alberto Aibar, Léna Lhuisset and Javier Zaragoza
  • Communicating Physical Activity to Adolescents: What works? A Scoping Review update – Caera Grady, Kwok Ng, Elaine Murtagh, Catherine Woods
  • Examining the 24-Hour Activity Cycle of Irish Adolescents: A Repeated Measures Study - Maeve Conneely, Kwok Ng, Grainne Hayes, Catherine Woods
  • Evaluating the implementation of physical activity-promoting public policies in Ireland: A Pilot Study using the Physical Activity Environment Policy Index (PA-EPI) - Kevin Volf, Liam Kelly, Aurelie Van Hoye, Enrique Garcia Bengoechea, Catherine Woods

 Room 2: Health & Wellbeing                              (Room = P1-031 Chair = Brendan O’Keeffe)

  • Self-Esteem, Meaningful Experiences & The Rocky Road. A qualitative exploration of the contexts of physical activity that impact positive mental health in adolescents - John Murphy (Dr Bronagh McGrane, Dr Rhiannon Lee White, Dr Mary Rose Sweeney)
  • Validity and Reliability of the Project FLAME Perceived Movement Competence Scale in Irish adolescents - Conor Philpott, Diarmuid Lester, Brian Donovan, Sarahjane Belton, Lisa Barnett, Wesley O'Brien
  • A multi-sport investigation into the life skills deemed important for positive youth development and the strategies used to develop them - Aaron O'Connell and Dr Philip Kearney
  • Are all domains created equal? An exploration of stakeholder views on the concept of physical literacy on the island of Ireland - Elaine Murtagh, Sarahjane Belton, Sinead Connolly, Cameron Peers, Hannah Goss, Marie Murphy, Jennifer Kavanagh, Méabh Corr, Kyle Ferguson and Wesley O’Brien

Room 3: Learning to Teach                                    (Room = P1-007 Chair = Ann MacPhail)

  • An Investigation of the Roles, Relationships and Experiences of Part-Time Placement Tutors in their Supervision of Student Teachers on School Placement - Dr Trish Fitzpatrick (Dr Dan O' Sullivan, Dr. Tracey Connolly and Dr. Kathy Hall)
  • Sometimes those conversations don't happen in schools’: Supporting PE specialism graduates to teach PE through an online learning community - Cillian Brennan (Mary Immaculate College), Richard Bowles (Mary Immaculate College), Elaine Murtagh (University of Limerick), Luiza Gonçalves (Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul), Melissa Parker (University of Limerick)
  • ‘It’s more intense than I ever imagined’. Sharing a journey towards embedding social justice pedagogies in PETE. – Brigitte, Moody, Antonio Calderón, Ann MacPhail, Elaine Murtagh, and Dylan Scanlon
  • Learning in online environments to teach face-to-face in schools: Exploring PE preservice teachers’ experiences in their learning and micro-teaching - Ebru Boynuegri, Antonio Calderón
  • Applying research into practice: A preservice teachers journey focused on sport education and student motivation. - Anthony O'Leary and Antonio Calderón


Lunch and Poster Display 

Poster presentations: Canteen

  • ‘I Lived the Dream’: Young high-performance athletes’ understanding of the road ahead - Richard Connolly and Philip Kearney
  • The Relationship between School Experience and the Social and Emotional Health of Irish Adolescents - Niamh O'Loughlin and Dr Elaine Murtagh
  • Profiling Roles Models among Irish Youth - Mairéad Grogan, Brendan O'Keeffe and Aron O'Donnell
  • Comprehension and reliability testing of the COM-B self-evaluation questionnaire with Irish adolescents. - Joanna Clifford, Catherine Woods, Elaine Murtagh, Kwok Ng
  • Implementation evaluation of an Irish secondary level whole school programme: a qualitative inquiry - Ms Fiona McHale, Dr Kwok Ng, Dr Dylan Scanlon, Ms Jemima Cooper, Ms Caera Grady, Dr Catherine Norton, Prof Donal O'Shea, Prof Catherine Woods
  • An Evaluation of the Perceived Effectiveness of ‘The Daily Mile’ Initiative in Irish Primary School Settings - Mr Luke Hanna, Dr Edward Coughlan, Dr Con Burns and Dr Cian O'Neill
  • Does Physical Activity and Sport Anxiety have an Influence on Perceived Fundamental Movement Skill Competency? - Aoife Grace Dowd, Brian Anthony Donovan
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Determinants of Physical Activity Behaviour in Irish Adolescents - Emily Mulhall, Padraic Rocliffe, Chloe Forte
  • An investigation of Leaving Certificate Physical Education (LCPE) - Tracking its progress to date through the Irish PE teacher’s looking glass - Erin Hennessy and Brigitte Moody
  • Parental and Family Influences of Children’s Physical Activity - Findings from Growing Up in Ireland – Rhonda Sohun, Ann MacPhail, Ciaran Mac Donncha
  • A Qualitative Investigation into the Nutritional Education of Adolescents through the Junior Cycle in Irish Education - Lauren Mealy, Conor Philpott, Joao Costa and Emmanouil Adamakis
  • “One CSPAP step at a time”: Promoting a physically active school culture in an Irish urban post-primary school – planning for infrastructural change - Alan Finnegan, Dr Elaine Murtagh and Mrs. Ursula Freyne
  • Investigating Adolescents’ Understanding of Mental Health and their Perspective on What Promotes Positive Adolescent Mental Health - Michael Doyle

14.55 –15.55

Parallel research presentations Session 2

Room 1: Physical Education Curriculum         (Room = P1-033 Chair = Ursula Freyne)

  • Student Voice Pedagogies and Meaningful PE - Grace Cardiff (Déirdre Ní Chróinín, Richard Bowles, Tim Fletcher)
  • Preparing physical education pre-service teachers as practitioner researchers - Ann MacPhail, Dylan Scanlon, and Deborah Tannehill
  • The perceived needs of teacher educators as they strive to implement curriculum change - Claire Walsh, Dr Deborah Tannehill, and Prof Ann MacPhail
  • Digital technology and teacher digital competency in Physical Education: A holistic view of teacher and student perspectives - Jason Wallace
  • The Physical Education subject inspection in Irish Secondary Schools – Initial Findings from Subject Inspection reports - João Costa and Elisabeth von Plettenberg

Room 2: Coaching Effectiveness/ Developing Talent   (Room = P1-027 Chair = Ian Sherwin)

  • Designing and delivering an online coach education programme for youth sport coaches: Project FLAME - Orla Murphy, Dr Wesley O’Brien, Dr Sarahjane Belton
  • Maturation and age selection biases in academy Gaelic football – Fionn Fitzgerald, Mark Campbell, Philip Kearney and Sean Cumming
  • Establishing the optimal number of skill executions to determine a representative profile of Player Laterality - Karol Dillon, Phil Kearney, Ian Sherwin
  • An Appreciative Inquiry into Coaches’ Perspectives on the Inclusion of Young People with Autism in Sport Clubs in Ireland - Kate O' Brien (Dr Órla Slattery, Dr Niamh Kitching and Dr Richard Bowles)
  • The Application of Single Case Research Design in Sports Coaching - Philip Kearney and Evan Talty

 Room 3: Health & Wellbeing                                     (Room = P1-007 Chair = Caera Grady)

  • The Relationship between Measures of Student Well-Being and School Experience - Michael Lawlor, Dr Elaine Murtagh
  • The horse is dead. The horse is alive. Are we riding the wrong animal? Lessons from the Youth-fit Project on monitoring health-related fitness in school settings. - Brendan T. O'Keeffe
  • Investigating the relationship between Physical Activity, Mental Health and Body Image among Irish Adolescents - Aoife O'Mahony and Manolis Adamakis
  • Current Injury Prevention Exercise Programme Practices & Perceptions among Post-Primary PE Teachers - Frank Devereux, Enda Whyte, Johann Issartel, Sarahjane Belton, Siobhan O'Connor


Key Stakeholder Panel Discussion:

PEPAYS: (Re)connecting as a Research Community - Grand Challenges and Opportunities”

16.30 - 16.45

Presentation of Prizes & Closing remarks