Program Meaningful Physical Education

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May 25th

Auditorium Utsikt


Welcome Address - Reidar Säfvenbom and Stephanie Beni

Part One: The Theoretical Position of Meaning and Meaningfulness in PE


9:00-10:20 Session 1

Presentation 1: Meaningful PE: An overview

Tim Fletcher (Brock University), Deirdre NiChroinin (Mary Immaculate College) and Stephanie Beni (Norwegian School of Sport Sciences)

Presentation 2: Transactional Movement Learning and educative functions of the aesthetic soundscape of the PE classroom

Joacim Andersson (Malmö University)

10:20-10:40 - Break


10:40-12:00 Session 2

Presentation 3: Meaningful PE and the ‘content’ of PE

Håkan Larsson (Norwegian School of Sport Sciences)

Presentation 4: Growing playgrounds in PE - On the role of practising (øving) for meaningful experiences

Kenneth Aggerholm (Norwegian School of Sport Sciences)

12:00-13:15 Lunch


13:15-13:55 Session 3

Presentation 5: Positive movement experiences and Meaningful PE: A human development approach

Jennifer Agans (Pennsylvania State University) and Reidar Säfvenbom (Norwegian School of Sport Sciences)

Part Two: Research on Meaningfulness in PE in Scandinavian Context


13:55-15:15 Session 4

Presentation 6: Teaching Meaningful PE in primary school in Denmark – A phenomenological grounded action research study

Esben Volshøj (VIA University College, Denmark; NIH, Norway)

Presentation 7: Adolescents’ meaning-making experiences in physical education, in the transition from primary to secondary school

Hilde Kristin Mikalsen and Pål Lagestad (Nord University, Norway)

15:15-15:30 Break


15:30-16:40 Session 5

Presentation 8: Towards stronger physical activity relationship (PAR)

Pasi Koski (University of Turku, Finland)

Presentation 9: Sports activities in the social and educational integration of Romanian pupils - meaningful solutions for physical education lessons. 

Prof. Marius Stoicescu (National University of Physical Education and Sport, Romania)

Presentation 10: Integrated Approach for Improving the Educational Process for Children with Vulnerabilities - a New Meaning to PE. 

Diana Pasat (National University of Physical Education and Sport, Romania)

16:40-17:00 Concluding Comments

19:30 Evening Social


May 26th

Auditorium Utsikt

Meaningful PE in International Context


8:00-9:30 Session 6 New Directions

Presentation 1: Meaningfulness in organized youth sport

Mats Hordvik and Bård Erlend Solstad, NIH

Presentation 2: Enacting Meaningful Physical Education and social justice pedagogies in physical education teacher education

Carla Luguetti (Victoria University, Australia) & Cassandra Iannucci (Deakin University, Australia)

Presentation 3: Rethinking classification systems in PE: Implications for meaningfulness

Justen O’Connor (Monash University, Australia)

9:30-9:45 Break


9:45-11:45 Session 7 Practitioner Research on Meaningful PE

Presentation 1: Practical Applications of the MPE framework in school-based PE

Ty Riddick (Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School, Canada), Mel Hamada (International School of Beijing, China), Leticia Cariño (International School of Phnom Penh, Cambodia) & Jo Bailey (D.C. Everest School District, USA)

Presentation 2: Designing a PETE programme around the pedagogical principles of LAMPE

Alex Beckey (St. Mary’s Univeristy, UK) & Declan Hamblin (Kingston University, UK), Maura Coulter (Dublin City University, Ireland), Tony Sweeney (Maynooth University, Ireland) & Richard Bowles (Mary Immaculate College, Ireland)

11:45-13:00 Lunch


13:00-14:45 Session 8

Graduate Student and Early Career Researcher Presentations

Grace Cardiff (Mary Immaculate College, Ireland)
Juliet Patterson (Plymouth Marjon University, England)
Donal Howley (Towson University, USA)
Jodi Harding-Kuriger (University of Alberta, Canada)

14:45-15:00 Break


15:00-15:45 Panel Discussion - Future Possibilities

A roundtable discussion with Tim Fletcher, Déirdre Ní Chróinín, Håkan Larsson, Kenneth Aggerholm and Jo Bailey

15:45-16:00 Closing Address


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