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Pupils’ and teachers’ perceptions of a culminating festival within a sport education season in Irish primary schools.

Kinchin, Gary and MacPhail, Ann (2005) Pupils’ and teachers’ perceptions of a culminating festival within a sport education season in Irish primary schools. At British Educational Research Association Conference. 16 Sep 2005. 18 pp.

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Whilst there is considerable literature on sport education little attention has been afforded to an investigation into the use of a specific festival as a culmination to a season. In this paper we examine primary school pupils’ and teachers’ perceptions of an inter-school festival. Pupils from eight classes in four Irish primary schools participated in a three-month sport education season. A modified invasion game provided the activity focus. Interview data were collected from pupils and teachers prior to, during and after the festival. Results indicated prior to the festival, pupils were, while excited and looking forward to the festival, not certain about what the day would entail. During the festival pupils reported how their team was performing and discussed elements of the festival they enjoyed most. Post-festival, pupils focused on their team’s performance and spoke positively about their memories of the day. Teachers reported the success of the festival in maintaining pupils’ interest with pupils keen to prepare their teams to play against other schools.

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Published date: 18 September 2005
Venue - Dates: British Educational Research Association Conference, 2005-09-16 - 2005-09-16
Keywords: sport education, festival, primary school


Local EPrints ID: 18787
PURE UUID: 9a8ca342-e49d-4551-963f-4e9073d7846a

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Date deposited: 05 Dec 2005
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:34

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Author: Gary Kinchin
Author: Ann MacPhail

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