Research session at the Forum

We are looking to invite anyone who is currently undertaking research in the area of primary physical education, junior cycle PE, SCPE and LCPE to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with an interest in contributing to the session scheduled for 2.10pm;

Researching primary physical education, junior cycle PE, SCPE and LCPE

This session will provide updates on current research and initial findings being undertaken in primary physical education, junior cycle physical education, SCPE and LCPE. This will not only update attendees on current research activity but also begin to identify further research opportunities as we continue to understand and evaluate the reality of teaching Irish physical education curricula. The session will also encourage consideration of associated changes that need to be made in Irish physical education teacher education programmes.

Call for abstracts 2018



Enacting and researching Irish school physical education

Saturday 8th September 2018


Important Dates

  • 10th August 2018: Deadline for poster and oral presentation abstracts
  • 14th August 2018: Notice of acceptance of abstracts
  • 5th July to 7th September 2018: Pre-Registration


Participants are invited to submit abstracts for presentations that fit at least one of the research categories listed below; 

    • Health and Well-Being
    • Inclusion in physical education, physical activity and sport 
    • Physical Education Curriculum
    • Developing Talent
    • Learning to Teach
    • Active Schools – Active Communities
    • Coaching Effectiveness


Submission Guidelines

Please read these instructions carefully before preparing your abstract. 

  1. Maximum length of an abstract is 300 words; title should be concise and descriptive. 
  2. The author submitting the abstract should appear as the first named author and will be expected to present the work if it is accepted. 
  3. Select the research category (see above) that best suits the focus of your research. 
  4. Select whether your presentation will be poster or oral. 
  5. Submitting authors must register for the Forum and pay the registration fee of €30 (€15 for students) which includes lunch on the day. 
  6. Abstracts that have not been prepared according to the below instructions will not be considered; 
  • Title
  • Presenters
  • Objectives of the study
  • Approach and the methods used
  • Results obtained
  • Conclusions reached
  • If the research is a work in progress then indicate such in the abstract and your specific intent of seeking input and discussion
  • Include a statement in your abstract that highlights how your poster or oral presentation can contribute to this forum and/or cluster theme.


Format Descriptions

Poster Sessions

Researchers will share their research in poster format and time will be allocated for participants to speak individually with researchers about their research project. Posters displays should be 4’ by 6’ keeping in mind that your poster will be viewed from a distance of more than three feet.

Oral Research Presentations

This type of presentation will be most appropriate to those who have completed a research project and wish to share key results with a wider audience (Master’s thesis, research project, undergraduate piece of research, postgraduate or postdoctoral work). Presentations will be 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes for questions.



Abstracts should be submitted to: PEPAYS Ireland at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


For further information please contact:

Dr. Melissa Parker

Research Presentation Chair

PEPAYS Ireland Forum

Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences

University of Limerick


Phone: 0873950536
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Dr. Eimear Enright


Being and Becoming an Academic
in the Neoliberal University

Dr Eimear Enright
University of Queensland, Australia

Abstract: As early career academics (ECAs) functioning in and critical of a market-driven system of higher education, Enright and colleagues were keen to understand if, and how, their peers were surviving or thriving in their neoliberal universities. Enright and her colleagues draw on the narratives of 30 ECAs to gain insight into the joys, challenges and ambitions they associate with being and becoming academics. Their findings suggest that many ECAs are experiencing crises of habitus as they work to suppress ethical dispositions and values and adjust to the rules they are increasingly expected them to play by. They contend that it is together and in dialogue that academics can work to build and sustain modest, practical morals and protect and enable reflexive, collegial and ethical dispositions.

To watch full presentation, please click the following link:


Dr. Jaimie McMullen


PEPAYS Ireland was delighted to host Dr. Jaimie M. McMullen (above), University of Northern Colorado, recently as part of the Guest Lecture Series. 


The title of Jaimie's presentation was: International Best Practices for Whole-of-School Physical Activity Program Implementation.

The Institute of Medicine (2013) recently encouraged schools to engage with a multi-component, whole-of-school approach to physical activity promotion as a means of increasing activity levels of school-aged children. However, little evidence exists, especially at the secondary school level, that describes what schools are doing to promote this whole-of-school approach. The purpose of this study was to explore and describe the best practices of “active” secondary schools in an effort to encourage more schools to adopt an active school culture. Secondary schools in countries were identified as sites for investigation based on the presence of nationally established whole-of-school physical activity initiatives: the United States (Let’s Move Active Schools), Finland (Finnish Schools on the Move) and Ireland (Active School Flag). Data were collected in one secondary school in each country and were generated from several sources including semi-structured focus group interviews with stakeholders, field notes, three days of on-site observation, and artifact collection. The comprehensive school physical activity program (CSPAP) conceptual framework (Carson, Castelli, Beighle & Erwin, 2014) provides context for the nature of the data collected. Inductive analysis was conducted using open and axial coding (Corbin & Strauss, 2008) in order to determine best practices that support successful whole-of-school PA program implementation in each school/country. Three common themes related to best practices were evident at each site: an established school-based leader, strong (moral) support from the school community, and many available physical activity opportunities. Conclusions support the assertion that successful school-based physical activity promotion in secondary schools is possible if there is a motivated physical activity champion and they are supported in their promotion efforts. Leaders in the secondary schools from this study created several physical activity opportunities for ALL students and have developed strong physical activity culture within the school and the surrounding community. 


To watch the full presentation click the link below:

Our Mission

To use high-quality, multi-disciplinary and multi-entity research to shape, influence and inform policy and practice relating to advancing the health and well-being of populations in the areas of physical education, sport, physical activity and health.

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