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What young people say about physical activity: the children’s sport participation and physical activity study (CSPPA)

Tannehill, Deborah; MacPhail, Ann; Walsh, Julia; Woods, Catherine
Fonte: Taylor and Francis Publicador: Taylor and Francis
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article; all_ul_research; ul_published_reviewed
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peer-reviewed; The Children's Sport Participation and Physical Activity (CSPPA) study is a unique multi-centre/discipline study undertaken by three Irish institutions, Dublin City University, University of Limerick and University College Cork. The study sought to assess participation in physical activity, physical education and sport (PAPES) among 10–18 year olds in Ireland. This paper shares what Irish children and young people convey, using their own voices, about their sport and physical activity (PA) experiences and how such experiences may result in their feeling included or excluded in PAPES. Eighteen focus groups (FG) with 124 boys and girls elicited descriptive data from students and were conducted with homogeneous groups of 6–8 boys and girls aged 12–18 years (selected for convenience) identified as male/female, primary/post-primary and generally active/inactive. Five themes (‘being with friends’, ‘variety in activity content’, ‘experiencing fun’, ‘time constraints’ and ‘opportunity to be outside’) ran across the three PAPES opportunities for young people. Overall data revealed that these young people have a positive attitude towards PA which does not diminish as they age despite activity levels decreasing. Other choices of activity participation (e.g. debate...

An investigation of the decision-making process in agile teams

Drury, Meghann L; O'Dwyer, Orla
Fonte: World Scientific Publishing Publicador: World Scientific Publishing
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article; all_ul_research; ul_published_reviewed
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peer-reviewed; This paper firstly explores the decision-making process in agile teams using scrum practices and secondly identifies factors that influence the decision-making process during the Sprint Planning and Daily Scrum Meetings. We conducted 34 semi-structuredinterviews and 18 observations across four agile teams. Our findings show that a rational decision-making process is sometimes followed in the Sprint Planning and Daily Scrum Meetings and that three factors can influence the rational decisionmaking process: sprint duration, experience and resource availability. Additionally, decisions are not always made in a collaborative manner by team members. This research contributes to the decisionmaking literature and project management literature by highlighting difficulties pertinent to decision-making in agile teams.

How do perceived parental behaviours influence the career development of adolescents in Irish schools? a pilot study

Jones, Humphrey
Fonte: University of Limerick Publicador: University of Limerick
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis; all_ul_research; ul_published_reviewed
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peer-reviewed; How do Perceived Parental Behaviours Influence the Career Development of Adolescents in Irish Schools! A Pilot Study, aimed to establish if the behaviours of parents affect how adolescents view their career decisions, choices and confidence in carryout career related tasks. The project was conducted within the positivist paradigm, using quantitative research strategies. This involved using a combination of tried and tested research implements, including the Career Maturity Inventory, the Parent Career Behaviour Questionnaire and the Career Decision Making Self Efficacy Scale. All were edited for use within an Irish context. The data was collected in May and June 2009. The main conclusions drawn from the data identify that parents do have an influence in the career development of adolescents in Irish schools. Certain behaviours arc more likely to influence the career maturity or career decision making self efficacy than others. In particular, parental acts of encouragement towards their adolescent's career development, taking an active interest in their academic progress and parental support for adolescent's career choices are good predictors of an advancing career development. The material to follow will illustrate how the resultant product was researched...

A method for the design and development of medical or health care information websites to optimize search engine results page rankings on Google

Dunne, Suzanne S.; Cummins, Niamh M; Hannigan, Ailish; Shannon, Bill; Dunne, Colum; Cullen, Walter
Fonte: Journal of Medical Internet Research Publicador: Journal of Medical Internet Research
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article; all_ul_research; ul_published_reviewed
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peer-reviewed; Background: The Internet is a widely used source of information for patients searching for medical/health care information. While many studies have assessed existing medical/health care information on the Internet, relatively few have examined methods for design and delivery of such websites, particularly those aimed at the general public. Objective: This study describes a method of evaluating material for new medical/health care websites, or for assessing those already in existence, which is correlated with higher rankings on Google's Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs). Methods: A website quality assessment (WQA) tool was developed using criteria related to the quality of the information to be contained in the website in addition to an assessment of the readability of the text. This was retrospectively applied to assess existing websites that provide information about generic medicines. The reproducibility of the WQA tool and its predictive validity were assessed in this study. Results: The WQA tool demonstrated very high reproducibility (intraclass correlation coefficient=0.95) between 2 independent users. A moderate to strong correlation was found between WQA scores and rankings on google.com SERPs. Analogous correlations were seen between rankings and readability of websites as determined by Flesch Reading Ease and Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level scores. Conclusions: The use of the WQA tool developed in this study is recommended as part of the design phase of a medical or health care information provision website...

The fiddle music of Connie O'Connell

Randles, Sheila
Fonte: University of Limerick Publicador: University of Limerick
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis; all_ul_research; ul_published_reviewed
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peer-reviewed; This is a study of an Irish traditional fiddle-player, Connie O'Connell, from Cill na Martra, Co. Cork. Connie has been strongly influenced by the main musicians of Sliabh Luachra, an area which encompasses the West Cork and East Kerry border. In particular, he has been influenced by the renowned fiddle-players of the region - Denis Murphy, Padraig O'Keeffe and Julia Clifford. Today, he is widely considered amongst the traditional music community as one of the present-day exponents of this style, and is well known for his extensive repertoire. This thesis examines the fiddle music of Connie O'Connell within the context of the Sliabh Luachra fiddle tradition. It also examines the extent to which that tradition has changed and how this change is manifested in Connie's music. The Introduction outlines my reasons for embarking on this project. It also details the approach adopted in examining Connie's music and the manner in which his position within the Sliabh Luachra fiddle tradition has been evaluated. Chapter One is a brief biographical study of the musician in context. His repertoire is examined in Chapter Two and is related to that of his predecessors. The notion that polkas and slides are the dominant tune-types in Sliabh Luachra is challenged in this chapter. Aspects of melodic and rhythmic variation are examined in detail in Chapter Three...

Mary Anne Sadlier's emigrant narratives, 1850-1870

O'Keeffe, Yvonne Michelle Mary
Fonte: University of Limerick Publicador: University of Limerick
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/doctoralThesis; all_ul_research; ul_published_reviewed; ul_theses_dissertations
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peer-reviewed; This thesis focuses on the life and literary works of Irish author Mary Anne Sadlier (1820-1903), specifically on her representations of the Irish diaspora in her emigrant novels in the nineteenth century. On the eve of the Great Irish Famine she emigrated to North America and so had valuable insight into the complex negotiations that emigrants must undertake in order to settle in their host country. A prolific writer with over sixty works to her credit, Sadlier enjoyed immense popularity as a writer as is reflected in her enormous sales figures. Thus, I would suggest that her writings represent the concerns of that audience. My work reads Sadlier in a specific “Irish” context as she engages in interdisciplinary conversations to do with Irish emigration and acculturation. Sadlier’s literary works encompass many themes not least how she creates and champions an Irish cultural identity for her emigrant readers who found themselves engulfed by a foreign culture and a hostile American reception. I propose that she was instrumental in the creation of a transatlantic Irish Catholic identity. Furthermore, I suggest that Sadlier (trans)formed her opinions and adapted her outlook on life in response to her everchanging world therefore making her a role model for future generations of Irish women emigrants to North America. Within the thesis I suggest that Sadlier is negotiating a subtle resistance to the hegemonic patriarchal culture of the period. By both sanctioning and destabilising the family cell Sadlier is questioning the inherent roles within; she is not afraid to broach what would be considered taboo subjects in the nineteenth century such as alcoholism...

Memoirs from below: twentieth-century narratives of the Irish in Britain

O'Keeffe, Robert
Fonte: University of Limerick Publicador: University of Limerick
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis; all_ul_research; ul_published_reviewed; ul_theses_dissertations
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peer-reviewed; This thesis examines twentieth-century memoirs and autobiographies from Irish migrants to Britain, focusing particularly on the period 1930–1960. This time period roughly corresponds with the peak of a sustained wave of migration between Ireland and Britain. The thesis seeks to explore the validity of stereotypes that have grown up around the Irish migrant community who settled in Britain at this time. These stereotypes, engrained at cultural and governmental levels, characterise the Irish migrant as male, hard-drinking, navvy-type figures. This thesis looks beyond the metonym and explores the individuality that hides behind a façade of homogeneity. The effectiveness and appeal of the genre of autobiography as a means of expressing the complexities of migrant experience is dealt with in the opening chapter. The thesis then scrutinises several texts drawn from the “navvy” tradition, identifying many common themes and tropes within this sub-genre. Ultimately, however, these texts prove to be highly individual, offering the author the opportunity to express individuality and difference from a position of safety within a distinct community. The experiences of Irish women migrants are also examined with particular attention paid to the possible reasons for a relative paucity of autobiographical texts from this section of the migrant community. This thesis identifies a tendency for women to view Britain as a haven or refuge rather than as a place of exile. It also looks at how Irish women were viewed as being more assimilable into British society. Conversely...

Spousal disinheritance protections under Irish law: a proposal for reform

O'Sullivan, Kathryn
Fonte: University of Limerick Publicador: University of Limerick
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article; all_ul_research; ul_published_reviewed
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peer-reviewed; Ireland is unusual in a succession law context as despite being a common law jurisdiction Irish succession law applies a comprehensive system of forced heirship for spouses under the Succession Act 1965. However, despite the strengths inherent in such a regime, shortcomings have emerged. This paper considers the position of the surviving spouse who has been disinherited and the challenges they face in Ireland in the application of the legal right share towards the appropriation of the family home. In light of the difficulties identified, the paper proposes a new and alternative approach based on the provision of a preferential share representing a fixed monetary sum, subject to limitations. The proposal is then tested from both a theoretical and practical perspective. This paper concludes that the implementation of such a proposal, as an alternative to the legal right share, would eradicate the most striking weaknesses inherent in the current regime and should be afforded serious consideration.; ACCEPTED; peer-reviewed

The right to appropriate the family home: a proposal for reform

O'Sullivan, Kathryn
Fonte: Thomson Reuters Round Hall Publicador: Thomson Reuters Round Hall
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article; all_ul_research; ul_published_reviewed
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peer-reviewed; Throughout the world the home is considered an asset of major importance in most people s lives. In Ireland, in particular, the family home is the subject of important legislative safeguards and arguably the most robust legislative protection for the Irish family home arises under the Irish succession law regime. However, it is argued that the provisions of the Succession Act 1965 which seek to protect surviving, non-owning, spouses in the family home following the death of the owner spouse ought to be reviewed to ensure their continued effectiveness. This article considers the practical effect of the provisions governing the appropriation of the family home in Ireland pursuant to the Succession Act 1965. The difficulties which arise in appropriating a family home which is located on agricultural land are highlighted. The article investigates how these shortcomings could be effectively resolved by legislative reform. Among its proposals for reform, it argues that the introduction of a statutory right of residence in certain circumstances would ameliorate the situation for vulnerable surviving spouses.; ACCEPTED; peer-reviewed

Protection against unilateral dispositions of the family home – an Irish perspective

O'Sullivan, Kathryn
Fonte: Oxford University Press Publicador: Oxford University Press
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article; all_ul_research; ul_published_reviewed
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peer-reviewed; Although the property rights of spouses in Ireland continue to be held on the basis of title and are not automatically modified by marriage, some modifications to the separate property regime have been made. This paper focuses, in particular, on the protection afforded to non-owning spouses against the unilateral disposition of the family home pursuant to the Family Home Protection Act 1976. Ireland is unusual in the common law world as the 1976 Act automatically confers non-owning spouses with a right to veto the conveyance of any interest in the family home. This paper questions whether the 1976 Act has faded into irrelevance in the Ireland of 2013. Concluding that the legislation continues to play a vital role in the protection of spouses in Ireland, the article argues similar legislation ought to be considered in other common law countries where the unilateral disposition of the family home is not subject to comprehensive legislative restrictions. In particular, the article focuses on the weaknesses in the protection afforded to non-owning spouses in the family home inter vivos in England and Wales and British Columbia, Canada. Arguing that legislative reform would considerably bolster the position of vulnerable...

A Cynefin based approach to process model tailoring and goal alignment

Lepmets, Marion; Cater-Steel, Aileen; Mesquida, Antoni Lluís; O'Connor, Rory V.; McBride, Tom
Fonte: IEEE Computer Society Publicador: IEEE Computer Society
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/conferenceObject; all_ul_research; ul_published_reviewed
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peer-reviewed; In an industrial context all process models require a certain amount of tailoring to fit to the business environment of any specific organization in which the model is to be deployed. Process models should therefore be accompanied by tailoring guidelines and approaches to assist with strategic and operational goal alignment that support their use in industry. This paper explores shortcomings of process improvement and the existing process models, suggesting that a more holistic approach should be taken to process improvement in the modern organization. The paper provides an overview of systems thinking and the Cynefin framework that organizations can use to detect the characteristics of the domain in which they are operate. Knowing their domain helps the organization realize the amount of tailoring and goal alignment necessary to benefit from implementing process model guidance.

Systems and software engineering standards for very small entities

Laporte, Claude Y.; O'Connor, Rory V.
Fonte: IEEE Computer Society Publicador: IEEE Computer Society
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/conferenceObject; all_ul_research; ul_published_reviewed
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peer-reviewed; Very small entities, organizations with up to 25 people, are very important to the worldwide economy. However it has ben established that such companies often do not utilize existing best practice standards and frameworks. To address the needs of Very Small Entities (VSEs), a set of international standards and guides known as ISO/IEC 29110 has been developed. In this paper we present the results of early trials of this standard in an IT start-up and in an engineering enterprise and assess the lessons learnt for future research and industrial usage of this standard.

Teachers' use of reusable learning objects in teaching English poetry :exploring the influence of prevailing pedagogical practices; El uso de los objetos de aprendizaje reutilizables en la enseñanza de la poesía inglesa: explorando la influencia de las prácticas pedagógicas predominantes

Marcus-Quinn, Ann; McGarr, Oliver
Fonte: Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia (U N E D) * Facultad de Educacion Publicador: Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia (U N E D) * Facultad de Educacion
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article; all_ul_research; ul_published_reviewed
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peer-reviewed; Despite the attempts to integrate ICT across the curriculum of all post-primary education systems in the developed world there remains low levels of use. One of the major reasons for this low level of use is the availability of curriculum relevant software. In recent years the availability of high quality authoring tools has provided opportunities for the low-cost development of highly reusable curricular relevant materials. The increasing use of educational repositories can now facilitate the wide-scale distribution of these resources. This has the potential to reconceptualise use of ICT across the curriculum in schools, particularly in the Humanities area. This research aimed to design curriculum specific educational software and explore the ways in which it was used by Irish post-primary teachers in their teaching of English. The research found that teachers used the software in different ways largely mirroring existing pedagogical practices. The research raises a number of issues for the development of such tailor-made solutions and highlights opportunities for future developers. The research concludes by presenting a tentative conceptual model of the nature of Reusable Learning Objects (RLOs) use and the implications for future development and use of reusable learning objects.

M A S S : A treatise on construction: experiments in material culture

O'Callaghan, Clare
Fonte: School of Architecture, University of Limerick Publicador: School of Architecture, University of Limerick
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/bachelorThesis; all_ul_research; ul_theses_dissertations
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non-peer-reviewed; The aim of this thesis is cohesively question how we build. As a constructed thought it pauses at the moment before the raw matter of the Earth is transformed into sociological object and attempts to extrapolate a broader cultural context for the making of architecture. The argument is generated using both projection and observation as a means of exploring the potentialites within this transformative process. It is a tale of three cities – New City, Non City and Now City. New City is an imagined paradigm, an alternate metropolis built on a culture of material pragmatism, a space where ‘weight’ is the defining scale. Now City is a study of urbanity in its current state, specifically its position as a piece of constructed ground. Finally, Non City theorizes a new typology for civic space that bridges the Now with the New.

An investigation into the nature of mathematics textbooks at junior cycle and their role in mathematics education

O'Keeffe, Lisa
Fonte: University of Limerick Publicador: University of Limerick
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/doctoralThesis; all_ul_research; ul_published_reviewed; ul_theses_dissertations
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peer-reviewed; This research study is aimed at improving the quality of the mathematics textbooks available for junior cycle students. It is widely agreed that there is room for improvement with regard to the quality of mathematics at both junior and senior cycle level in Ireland. One such area which can be improved is the e ectiveness of the resources available in both junior and senior cycle mathematics classrooms. While the TIMSS report (Valverde et al., 2002) has explored textbooks on an international scale, minimal research (minor role in TIMSS Report) has been carried out on Irish mathematics textbooks. Considering the level of responsibility shouldered by mathematics textbooks, there is an obvious gap in mathematics education research. The aim of this study is to investigate the quality of the mathematics textbooks currently in use at junior secondary school level in Ireland. This is achieved by investigating, extending and applying suitable methodological tools for textbook analysis. Ultimately the aim of this research is to improve the quality of teaching and learning of mathematics at junior cycle level which should feed directly into improving the quality of mathematics at senior cycle. This will be achieved by rst measuring the quality of the current junior cycle mathematics textbooks and then highlighting the role of improved textbooks in students' conceptual under- standing. At present in Ireland...

A commentary on the disparate perspectives of clinical microbiologists and surgeons: ad hoc antimicrobial use.

O'Connell, Nuala H; O'Connor, Ciara; O'Mahony, Jim; Lobo, Ronstan; Hayes, Maria; Masterson, Eric; Larvin, Michael; Coffey, Calvin J; Dunne, Colum
Fonte: Landes Bioscience Publicador: Landes Bioscience
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article; all_ul_research; ul_published_reviewed
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peer-reviewed; Prosthetic joints and other orthopaedic implants have improved quality of life for patients world-wide and the use of such devices is increasing. However, while infection rates subsequent to associated surgery are relatively low (<3%), the consequences of incidence are considerable, encompassing morbidity (including amputation) and mortality in addition to significant social and economic costs. Emphasis, therefore, has been placed on mitigating microbial risk, with clinical microbiologists and surgeons utilizing rapidly evolving molecular laboratory techniques in detection and diagnosis of infection, which still occurs despite sophisticated patient management. Multidisciplinary approaches are regularly adopted to achieve this. In this commentary, we describe an unusual case of Actinomyces infection in total hip arthroplasty and, in that context, describe the perspectives of the clinical microbiology and surgical teams and how they contrasted. More specifically, this case demonstrates an ad hoc approach to structured eradication of biofilms and intracellular bacteria related to biomaterials, as reflected in early usage of linezolid. This is a complex topic as, and as described in this case, such accelerated treatment can be effective. This commentary focuses on the merits of such inadvisable use of potent antimicrobials amid the risk of diminishing valuable antimicrobial efficacy...

Piper's Schottische - Scottish social dance choreography

Melin, Mats H.
Fonte: https://vimeo.com/122226292 Publicador: https://vimeo.com/122226292
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/other; all_ul_research
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n/a; Piper's Schottische was devised in 2014 by Mats Melin and is based on the aesthetic dance style of the Scottish Highlands and Islands. Description available at https://limerick.academia.edu/MatsMelin/Choreographies . The dance was initially inspired by the Port-a-Beul: Hara Hibhi which is featured on Gillebride MacMillan's album Air Forladh. It can however be danced to any good recording of the Highland Schottische.

A musical exploration of the Sabbath morning service in Dublin's orthodox Jewish community

Brown, Melanie
Fonte: University of Limerick Publicador: University of Limerick
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/doctoralThesis; all_ul_research; ul_published_reviewed; ul_theses_dissertations
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peer-reviewed; The Jewish community of Dublin has been in existence for 400 years. Nowadays, many Dublin Jews are descended from Lithuanians who settled in Dublin at the turn of the twentieth century. Most Dublin Jews are integrated into Dublin society, yet little is known of cultural practices specific to Dublin’s Jewish community. This dissertation focuses on the practice of liturgical music in Terenure synagogue, one of Dublin’s two remaining Orthodox synagogues. While music is an integral part of all synagogue services throughout the year, the musical repertoire of the Sabbath morning service has been selected as representing the music which is most commonly experienced by practicing Orthodox Jews in Dublin. Much of the music in Dublin’s Orthodox synagogue has been retained as part of a Lithuanian oral tradition. However, the Dublin Jewish community is currently undergoing a demographic shift, owing to the emigration of Dublin-born Jews coupled with migration into Dublin of Jews from a variety of social, cultural and national backgrounds. As the profile of the Jewish community changes, there is evidence of a gradual shift in the musical tradition of the synagogue. Here there is an attempt to preserve part of the Lithuanian musical tradition for the future. Ethnographic fieldwork has been conducted among all sections of the Jewish community of Dublin in order to obtain information regarding the history...

Influence of history of solution in crystal nucleation of fenoxycarb: kinetics and mechanisms

Kuhs, Manuel; Zeglinski, Jacek; Rasmuson, Åke C
Fonte: American Chemical Society Publicador: American Chemical Society
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article; all_ul_research; ul_published_reviewed
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peer-reviewed; Nearly 1800 induction time experiments have been performed on crystal nucleation of fenoxycarb in isopropanol to investigate the influence of solution pretreatment. For each preheating temperature and preheating time, at least 80 experiments were performed to obtain statistically valid results. The relationship between the inverse of the induction time and the preheating time can be reasonably described as an exponential decay having time constants ranging up to days depending on the temperature. This dependence on the preheating temperature corresponds to an activation energy of over 200 kJ/mol. Given sufficiently long preheating time and high temperature, the solution appears to reach a steady-state where the “memory” effect has disappeared. Density functional theory modelling suggests that the molecular packing in the crystal lattice is not the thermodynamically stable configuration at the level of simple dimers in solution, while modelling of the first solvation shell reveals that solute aggregation must exist in solution due to the low solvent to solute molecular ratio. It is thus hypothesized that the dissolution of crystalline material at first leaves molecular assemblies in solution that retain features of the crystalline structure which facilitates subsequent nucleation. However...

Professional learning of primary generalist teachers in Ireland: modelling sport education

MacPhail, Ann; Tannehill, Deborah
Fonte: Taylor & Francis: Routledge Publicador: Taylor & Francis: Routledge
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/bookPart; all_ul_research; ul_published_reviewed
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peer-reviewed; Sport Education (SE) is a new experience for the teacher who plans and delivers physical education using this approach and for the learner who takes on new and extended learning roles. Teachers face numerous challenges when attempting to implement the student-led instructional approach encouraged by SE. Siedentop, Hastie and van der Mars (2004) describe a new role for the teacher as an instructional engineer who teaches, facilitates and assesses learning, and shares both the teaching and managerial tasks with learners. This shift from the more traditional teacher led approach to one where the learner takes centre stage with responsibility for their own learning can be difficult for both the teacher and the learner (Penney, Clarke, Quill & Kinchin, 2005). As this process evolves, learners become active in assuming leadership, making decisions, cooperating effectively with their team, and developing skills beyond that of a player.; ACCEPTED; Peer reviewed