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ERIC Number: EJ909677
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-1356-336X
The Implementation of a Revised Physical Education Syllabus in Ireland: Circumstances, Rewards and Costs
MacPhail, Ann; Halbert, John
European Physical Education Review, v11 n3 p287-308 Oct 2005
This study is concerned with the particular circumstances, personal rewards and costs, which Irish post-primary principals and physical education (PE) teachers identify as affecting the implementation of the revised junior cycle PE syllabus and in the future revised senior cycle physical education and new Leaving Certificate PE. The concepts of the "local context of implementation" (Kirk and Macdonald, 2001) and "zones of enactment" (Spillane, 1999) are utilized to illustrate those factors that impact on decisions made to embrace revised curriculum. Qualitative data are reported from questionnaires returned by school principals (n = 417) and PE teachers (n = 405). A common constraint affecting the implementation of the revised syllabus included an already over-crowded curriculum. Benefits and costs of implementation related to the examination of physical education increasing the status of PE (reward) and the reduction in non-examinable PE (cost). (Contains 2 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland