The Colleges of Education Physical Education Consortium (CEPEC) held its first meeting in December 2006. The group is currently comprised of representatives from the Physical Education departments in each of the Colleges of Education – St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra; Mary Immaculate College, Limerick; Froebel College, Blackrock; Coláiste Mhuire, Marino Institute of Education and the Church of Ireland College, Rathmines. The group aims to progress issues relevant to primary physical education within the republic of Ireland across the continuum of teacher education, with a particular focus on pre-service teacher education.
Members of CEPEC 2012-2015 from L-R: Maura Coulter (St. Patrick’s College); Richard Bowles (Mary Immaculate College); Susan Marron (St. Patrick’s College); Elaine Murtagh (Mary Immaculate College); Caitríona Cosgrave (Coláiste Mhuire, Marino); Frances Murphy (St. Patrick’s College); Tony Sweeney (Maynooth University Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education); Deirdre Ní Chroinin (Mary Immaculate College). Missing from pic: Gretchen Dawson (Church Of Ireland College).
Current work relates to Assessment in Physical Education lessons. Phase one of the research can be read in the journal ‘Physical Education and Sports Pedagogy’. The journal article title is ‘Implementing formative assessment in primary physical education: teacher perspectives and experiences’. (2012, pages 1–15, iFirst Article). The recommendations from this study have been taken onboard. With the cooperation of three practicing teachers whose lessons we filmed, we are completing a series of video clips on assessment which we plan to launch during the school year 2015-2016. It is planned to upload the clips with relevant materials to support the clips onto the IPPEA website members section in the school year 2015-2016.