Ongoing Research

  • ‘Policy and Policy Work in Health and/Physical Education’

Dr. Laura Alfrey (Monash University, Australia), Dr. Jenna Lorusso (University of Limerick), Dr. David Aldous (Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales), and Dr Dylan Scanlon (Dublin City University) are leading a research project titled ‘Policy and Policy Work in Health and/Physical Education’ (ethical approval #32209). The purpose of this research is to generate insight into the way Health and/Physical Education teachers conceptualise policy and policy work within Health and/Physical Education. To gather such data, we have constructed a survey which consists of 9 questions about policy and policy work in Health and/Physical Education. The survey will take approx. 15-20 minutes to complete. The survey will be open for approx one month.

The survey can be found here:

More information on the study can be found on this participant information sheet:

  • CSPPA 2022 Children’s Sport Participation and Physical Activity

CSPPA is the most comprehensive overview of children’s physical activity, sport and PE participation in the island of Ireland.  The data we collect through the CSPPA questionnaire is key to informing policy and practice for improving the health and wellbeing of our children and young people. We are currency seeking to recruit 5th and 6th year post-primary participants. If your school is interested in taking part, please complete the expression of interest form at the following link –  CSPPA Ambassadors – or contact or

Download: CSPPA 2022 – Children’s Sport Participation and Physical Activity [PDF]

  • Thesis Study: Evaluate the Sport Nutrition knowledge of Irish PE teachers, and the barriers and facilitators to delivering nutrition education (part of LCPE).

    I am a PE teacher in Athy, Co. Kildare and am currently undertaking a MSc. in Sports and Exercise Nutrition in IT Sligo.
    The aim of my thesis study is to evaluate the sport nutrition knowledge of Irish PE teachers, and the barriers and facilitators to delivering nutrition education (part of LCPE).


    • An online survey that will document your gender, age, and years of teaching experience. Also included in the online survey will be a short nutrition knowledge questionnaire, which will involve answering 35 questions that are a mix of true or false and multiple choice.
    • At the end of the online survey, you will be asked if you would be happy to consent to a follow up interview (either over the phone or online). This will focus on barriers and facilitators to delivering nutrition education. You are not obliged to participate in the interview.

    I would really appreciate responses from the PE community please. It shouldn’t take too long!😊
    Thank you very much
    Patríona Bolger


  • Project Title: Game-Based Approaches in Physical Education in Ireland

    3rd December 2021

    To whom it may concern,

    As part of my remit within the International Advisory Board of the Teaching Games for Understanding Special Interest Group of the International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education, I am undertaking a linked series of projects to audit current practice in relation to games-based approaches in both sports coaching and physical education on the island of Ireland, including identifying existing resources and resource gaps.

    I have recruited a number of final year physical education students to assist me with the initial stages of this project, which involves surveys of pre-service physical education teachers and of practicing teachers about (a) their experiences of games-based approaches within their secondary school physical education, and (b) their experiences of teaching via a games-based approach. Would you be able to assist us by promoting the study/link to the survey amongst your members?

    We have already generated some interesting data from pre-service teachers at a number of Irish universities, and would be happy to share the results of this research with you if you would like.

    The survey (including all participant information and consent) is available here: We can put together a brief video or poster if that would be helpful.

    If you have any questions or comments on the above, please reach out.

    Thank you for your time and consideration.

    Yours sincerely,

    Phil Kearney

    Principal Investigator Contact Details:

    Dr. Philip Kearney, PESS Dept. University of Limerick,

    Tel (061) 202844


    This research study has received Ethics approval from the Education and Health Sciences Research Ethics Committee (2021_06_01_EHS).

    If you have any concerns about this study and wish to contact someone independent you may contact:

    Chair Education and Health Sciences Research Ethics Committee
    EHS Faculty Office
    University of Limerick
    Tel (061) 234101

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