Senior Cycle Physical Education (SCPE) Research Project

Desmond College along with ten other schools have been chosen to be involved in an exciting project with the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) and the University of Limerick. This project aims to inform future planning and assessment in Senior Cycle Physical Education.

Students from Rang Donnacha (5th Year) are participating in a structured curriculum model called ‘Sport Education’. Through this model students will get to experience a seven week Sport Education Season of ‘Ultimate Frisbee’. The seven weeks will end in a culminating event, where students will compete against Coláiste Mhuire Askeaton in an ‘Ultimate Frisbee’ tournament.

November 2015: Picture of Desmond College Senior Cycle Students participating in a Physical Education Research Project with NCCA and University of Limerick.

Sport Education seeks to make sport experiences in Physical Education more real for ALL students. Its central goal is to teach students to be competent, literate and enthusiastic sports people. All students have a role to play throughout the seven weeks. These roles include; Participant, Captain, Coach, Equipment Manager, Team Statistician, Team Photographer plus many more. All students will get to experience each role and then each team will assign a team member to a role, based on interest. The focus over the seven weeks will be on sportsmanship, fair-play and participation, and teams will gain points each week based on these team attributes.

The overall aim of Sport Education is full participation by ALL students and students will learn to perform sporting roles other than that of a player. Team affiliation for the seven weeks allows students to maintain a positive and enthusiastic culture within the class, school and community. Keep an eye on the school website to follow Rang Donnachas progress in their Sport Education model.

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