Lecture by Ann MacPhail

Listen to Professor Ann MacPhail in the auditorium on May 3 at 9 a.m. She is one of GIH's honorary doctorates and one of the world's leading sports pedagogy and didactics researchers.

The picture shows Professor Ann MacPhail

The development of the assessment

The title of her lecture is “Considering the (in)visibility of scientific impact in physical education sport pedagogy: the tip of the iceberg?”.

In this lecture, she will share how research assessment practices have begun to evolve from bibliometrics to a more qualitatively informed assessment, acknowledging that traditional research assessment does not reward many good research practices.

The lecture will also explore research assessment in physical education sport pedagogy and consider ways the field can begin to interrogate such research's societal (and scientific) impact and not excessively rely on bibliometric indicators.

Weaving personal experiences throughout the lecture, Ann MacPhail will discuss her use of physical education sport pedagogy research to:

  • Inform practice and policy,
  • Develop an internationally sustainable physical education sport pedagogy community and
  • Sharing vulnerabilities surrounding the extent to which we can, or should, contribute to making a (scientific) impact.

Big impact on school children's sporting experiences

Her research includes young people and ethnography, curriculum, instructional models, assessment, and teacher education. She has also been focusing on instructional alignment, advocating for the alignment of curriculum, assessment, and instruction in favor of assessment being consideredan ‘add-on.’

Professor Ann MacPhail is one of the world's leading researchers in sports pedagogy and didactics, and her efforts have had a significant impact on school children's exposure to meaningful, relevant, and worthwhile physical education experiences.

Her workplace is The University of Limerick, where she Co-Directs the Physical Education, Physical Activity and Youth Sport (PEPAYS) Ireland Research Centre.


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Last modified:22 Apr 2024