Journal Articles

Primary physical education articles since 2010


Clohessy, L., R. Bowles & D. Ní Chróinín (2020) ‘Follow the leader? Generalist primary school teachers’ experiences of informal physical education leadership’ Education 3-13, DOI: 10.1080/03004279.2020.1765835

Clohessy, L., R. Bowles & Ní Chróinín, D (2020) ‘Playing to our strengths: Generalist teachers’ experiences of class swapping for primary physical education’ European Physical Education Review 26(2), 571-586.

Coulter, M.,  F. Kealey., S. L. Langan & J. McGarvey (2020) ‘Seeing is believing: Primary generalist pre-service teachers’ observations of physical education lessons in Ireland and Switzerland’ European Physical Education Review 26(1), 159-178.

Howells, K., I. Wellard & K. Woolf-May (2020) ‘Young children’s physical activity levels in primary (elementary) schools: what impact does physical education lessons have for young children?’ Early Child Development & Care 190(5), 766-777.

Mangione, J., M. Parker., M. O’Sullivan & M. Quayle (2020) ‘Mapping the landscape of physical education external provision in Irish primary schools’, Irish Educational Studies, DOI: 10.1080/03323315.2020.173021

Ní Chróinín, D., Fletcher, T., Jess, M., & Corr, M. (2020)  A major review of stakeholder perspectives on the purposes of primary physical education. European Physical Education Review, 26(2), 322-336.

Powell, E., Woodfield, L. A., Powell, A. J., & Nevill, A. M. (2020)  Assessing the Wider Implementation of the SHARP Principles: Increasing Physical Activity in Primary Physical Education. Sports8(1), 6.

Rainer, P & S. Jarvis (2020) ‘Fundamental movement skills and their relationship with measures of health-related physical fitness of primary school children prior to secondary school transition: a Welsh perspective’, Education 3-13, 48:1, 54-65.

Randall, V. (2020) Becoming a primary physical educator. Education 3-1348(2), 133-146.

Randall, V & G. Griggs (2020) ‘Physical education from the sidelines: pre-service teachers’ opportunities to teach in English primary schools’, Education 3-13, ifirst.

Stirrup, J (2020) ‘Performance pedagogy at play: pupils perspectives on primary PE’, Sport, Education and Society, 25:1, 14-26.


Beni, S., D. Ní Chróinín & T. Fletcher (2019) ‘A focus on the how of meaningful physical education in primary schools’ Sport, Education & Society 24 (6) 624-637.

Beni, S., Fletcher, T., & Chróinín, D. N. (2019) Using features of meaningful experiences to guide primary physical education practice. European Physical Education Review25(3), 599-615.

Coulter, M., McGrane, B., & Woods, C. (2019) ‘PE should be an integral part of each school day’: parents’ and their children’s attitudes towards primary physical education. Education 3-13, 1-17.

Felix, D & S. Kazuhiko (2019) ‘Current Trends of Physical Education in Primary and Secondary Schools in Senegal’ International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation 23(2) 415-418.

Griggs, G., & Randall, V. (2019) Primary physical education subject leadership: along the road from in-house solutions to outsourcing. Education 3-1347(6), 664-677.

Lawless, W., Borlase-Bune, M., & Fleet, M. (2019) The primary PE and sport premium from a staff perspective. Education 3-13, 1-9.

Powell, E., L. Woodfield., A. Nevill., A. & Myers, T. (2019) ‘We have to wait in a queue for our turn quite a bit’: Examining children’s physical activity during primary physical education lessons’ European Physical Education Review., 25(4), 929-948.

Roberts, W. M., Newcombe, D. J., & Davids, K. (2019) Application of a constraints-led approach to pedagogy in schools: embarking on a journey to nurture physical literacy in primary physical education. Physical education and sport pedagogy24(2), 162-175.

Van Rossum, T., L. Foweather., D. Richardson., S. Hayes & D. Morley (2019) ‘Primary Teachers’ Recommendations for the Development of a Teacher-Oriented Movement Assessment Tool for 4–7 Years Children’ Measurement in Physical Education & Exercise Science 23(2), 124-134.

Wainwright, N., J. Goodway., A. John., K. Thomas., K. Piper., K. Williams & D. Gardener (2019) ‘Developing children’s motor skills in the Foundation Phase in Wales to support physical literacy’, Education 3-13, ifirst


Carse, N., Jess, M., & Keay, J. (2018) Primary physical education: Shifting perspectives to move forwards. European Physical Education Review24(4), 487-502.

Dyson, B., Cowan, J., Gordon, B., Powell, D., & Shulruf, B. (2018) Physical education in Aotearoa New Zealand primary schools: Teachers’ perceptions and policy implications. European Physical Education Review24(4), 467-486.

Griggs, G. (2018) Investigating provision and impact of the primary Physical Education and Sport Premium: a West Midlands case study. Education 3-1346(5), 517-524.

Krüger, M (2018) ‘Second language acquisition effects of a primary physical education intervention: A pilot study with young refugees PLoS ONE 13(9), 1-13.

Kyriakides, E., Tsangaridou, N., Charalambous, C., & Kyriakides, L. (2018) Integrating generic and content-specific teaching practices in exploring teaching quality in primary physical education. European Physical Education Review24(4), 418-448.

Parker, M., MacPhail, A., O’Sullivan, M., Ní Chróinín, D., & McEvoy, E. (2018) ‘Drawing’conclusions: Irish primary school children’s understanding of physical education and physical activity opportunities outside of school. European Physical Education Review24(4), 449-466.

Petrie, K., & Clarkin-Phillips, J. (2018) ‘Physical education’in early childhood education: Implications for primary school curricula. European Physical Education Review24(4), 503-519.

Petrie, K., J. Devcich & H. Fitzgerald (2018) ‘Working towards inclusive physical education in a primary school: ‘some days I just don’t get it right’ Physical Education & Sport Pedagogy 23(4), 345-357.

Petrie, K., & Griggs, G. (2018) Introduction to special issue on primary physical education. European Physical Education Review24(4), 397-399.

Quitério, A., J. Martins., M. Onofre., J. Costa., J. Mota Rodrigues., E. Gerlach., C. Scheuer & C. Herrmann (2018) ‘MOBAK 1 Assessment in Primary Physical Education: Exploring Basic Motor Competences of Portuguese 6-Year-Olds’ Perceptual & Motor Skills 125(6), 1055-1069.

Ward, G., & Griggs, G. (2018) Primary physical education: A memetic perspective. European Physical Education Review24(4), 400-417.


Brian, A & S. Taunton ‘Effectiveness of motor skill intervention varies based on implementation strategy’ (2017) Physical Education & Sport Pedagogy 23(2), 222-233.

Freak, A., & Miller, J. (2017) Magnifying pre-service generalist teachers’ perceptions of preparedness to teach primary school physical education. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy22(1), 51-70.

Jess, M., McEvilly, N., & Carse, N. (2017) Moving primary physical education forward: start at the beginning. Education 3-1345(5), 645-657.

Jones, L., & Green, K. (2017) Who teaches primary physical education? Change and transformation through the eyes of subject leaders. Sport, Education and Society22(6), 759-771.

Lynch, T., & Soukup Sr, G. J. (2017) Primary physical education (PE): School leader perceptions about classroom teacher quality implementation. Cogent Education4(1), 1348925.

Parnell, D., Cope, E., Bailey, R., & Widdop, P. (2017) Sport policy and English primary physical education: the role of professional football clubs in outsourcing. Sport in society20(2), 292-302.

Wallhead, T., & Dyson, B. (2017) A didactic analysis of content development during cooperative learning in primary physical education. European Physical Education Review23(3), 311-326.


Dyson, B., Gordon, B., Cowan, J., & McKenzie, A. (2016). External providers and their impact on primary physical education in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education7(1), 3-19.

Fletcher, T., & Kosnik, C. (2016) Pre-service primary teachers negotiating physical education identities during the practicum. Education 3-1344(5), 556-565.

Griggs, G. (2016) Spending the primary physical education and sport premium: A West Midlands case study. Education 3-1344(5), 547-555.

Griggs, G., & Petrie, K. (2016) Education 3-13–contemporary issues in international primary physical education.

Howells, K., & Bowen, J. (2016) Physical activity and self-esteem:‘Jonny’s story’. Education 3-1344(5), 577-590.

Jefferson-Buchanan, R. (2016) Traces of discourses and governmentality within the content and implementation of the Western Australian Fundamental Movement Skills programme (STEPS Professional Development). Education 3-1344(5), 525-536.

Jess, M., Carse, N., & Keay, J. (2016) The primary physical education curriculum process: more complex that you might think!!. Education 3-1344(5), 502-512.

Jess, M., Keay, J., & Carse, N. (2016) Primary physical education: A complex learning journey for children and teachers. Sport, Education and Society21(7), 1018-1035.

Ní Chróinín, D., Ní Mhurchú, S., & Ó Ceallaigh, T. J. (2016) Off-balance: the integration of physical education content learning and Irish language learning in English-medium primary schools in Ireland. Education 3-1344(5), 566-576.

Petrie, K. (2016) Architectures of practice: Constraining or enabling PE in primary schools. Education 3-1344(5), 537-546.

Platvoet, S. W., Elferink-Gemser, M. T., Kannekens, R., de Niet, M., & Visscher, C. (2016) Four weeks of goal-directed learning in primary physical education classes. Perceptual and motor skills122(3), 871-885.

Powell, E., Woodfield, L. A., & Nevill, A. M. (2016) Increasing physical activity levels in primary school physical education: the SHARP principles model. Preventive medicine reports3, 7-13.

Tsangaridou, N. (2016) Moving towards effective physical education teacher education for generalist primary teachers: a view from Cyprus. Education 3-1344(6), 632-647.

Wainwright, N., Goodway, J., Whitehed, M., Williams, A., & Kirk, D. (2016) The Foundation Phase in Wales–a play-based curriculum that supports the development of physical literacy. Education 3-1344(5), 513-524.

Ward, G., & Quennerstedt, M. (2016) Transactions in primary physical education in the UK: a smorgasbord of looks-like-sport. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy21(2), 137-152.


Brooks, C., & DinanThompson, M. (2015) Insideness and outsideness: An autoethnography of a primary physical education specialist teacher. European Physical Education Review21(3), 325-339.

Carse, N. (2015) Primary teachers as physical education curriculum change agents. European Physical Education Review21(3), 309-324.

DinanThompson, M., & Penney, D. (2015) Assessment literacy in primary physical education. European Physical Education Review21(4), 485-503.

Jess, M., & McEvilly, N. (2015) Traditional and contemporary approaches to career-long professional learning: a primary physical education journey in Scotland. Education 3-1343(3), 225-237.

Miller, A., Christensen, E. M., Eather, N., Sproule, J., Annis-Brown, L., & Lubans, D. R. (2015) The PLUNGE randomized controlled trial: Evaluation of a games-based physical activity professional learning program in primary school physical education. Preventive medicine74, 1-8.

Rainer, P., & Cropley, B. (2015) Bridging the gap–but mind you don’t fall. Primary physical education teachers’ perceptions of the transition process to secondary school. Education 3-1343(5), 445-461.

Smith, A. (2015) Primary school physical education and sports coaches: Evidence from a study of school sport partnerships in north-west England. Sport, Education and Society20(7), 872-888.

Ward, G., & Quennerstedt, M. (2015) Knowing in primary physical education in the UK: Negotiating movement culture. Sport, Education and Society20(5), 588-603.


Atencio, M., Yi, C. J., Clara, T. W. K., & Miriam, L. C. Y. (2014) Using a complex and nonlinear pedagogical approach to design practical primary physical education lessons. European Physical Education Review20(2), 244-263.×14524853

Giblin, S., Collins, D., MacNamara, A., & Kiely, J. (2014) “Deliberate preparation” as an evidence-based focus for primary physical education. Quest66(4), 385-395.

Kamal, S. A., & Khan, S. A. (2014) Primary-physical-education practices in Pakistan and England: Health and safety perspectives. International Journal of Biology and Biotechnology11(2&3), 401-419.

Konstantinidou, E., Gregoriadis, A., Grammatikopoulos, V., & Michalopoulou, M. (2014) Primary physical education perspective on creativity: the nature of creativity and creativity fostering classroom environment. Early Child Development and Care184(5), 766-782.

Spittle, S., & Spittle, M. (2014) The Reasons and Motivation for Pre-Service Teachers Choosing to Specialise in Primary Physical Education Teacher Education. Australian Journal of Teacher Education39(5), n5.


Griggs, G., & Ward, G. (2013) The London 2012 legacy for primary physical education: policy by the way?. Sociological research online18(3), 1-7.

Ní Chróinín, D., & Cosgrave, C. (2013) Implementing formative assessment in primary physical education: teacher perspectives and experiences. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy18(2), 219-233.

O’Loughlin, J., Chróinín, D. N., & O’Grady, D. (2013) Digital video: The impact on children’s learning experiences in primary physical education. European Physical Education Review19(2), 165-182.

Ward, G. (2013) Examining primary schools’ physical education coordinators’ pedagogical content knowledge of games: are we just playing as this?. Education 3-1341(6), 562-585.


Coulter, M., & Woods, C. B. (2012) Primary teachers’ experience of a physical education professional development programme. Irish Educational Studies31(3), 329-343.

Fletcher, T., & Mandigo, J. (2012) The primary schoolteacher and physical education: a review of research and implications for Irish physical education. Irish Educational Studies31(3), 363-376.

Griggs, G. (2012) Standing on the touchline of chaos: explaining the development of the use of sports coaches in UK primary schools with the aid of complexity theory. Education 3-1340(3), 259-269.

Harris, J., Cale, L., & Musson, H. (2012). The predicament of primary physical education: A consequence of ‘insufficient’ITT and ‘ineffective’CPD?. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy17(4), 367-381.

Murphy, F., & O’Leary, M. (2012) Supporting primary teachers to teach physical education: continuing the journey. Irish Educational Studies31(3), 297-310.

Rainer, P., Cropley, B., Jarvis, S., & Griffiths, R. (2012) From policy to practice: the challenges of providing high quality physical education and school sport faced by head teachers within primary schools. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy17(4), 429-446.

Tsangaridou, N. (2012) Educating primary teachers to teach physical education. European Physical Education Review18(3), 275-286.


Blair, R., & Capel, S. (2011) Primary physical education, coaches and continuing professional development. Sport, Education and Society16(4), 485-505.

Culp, B., & Chepyator-Thomson, J. R. (2011) Examining the culturally responsive practices of urban primary physical educators. Physical Educator68(4), 234-253.

Dyson, B., Gordon, B., & Cowan, J. (2011) What is physical education in primary schools in Aotearoa/New Zealand?. Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education2(3-4), 5-16.

Harris, J., Cale, L., & Musson, H. (2011) The effects of a professional development programme on primary school teachers’ perceptions of physical education. Professional Development in Education37(2), 291-305.

Kolovelonis, A., Goudas, M., & Gerodimos, V. (2011) The effects of the reciprocal and the self-check styles on pupils’ performance in primary physical education. European Physical Education Review17(1), 35-50.

Pearson, J. (2011) Adapting the boundaries in primary physical education: an account of my learning, my educational influence and improved practice. Educational Action Research19(4), 503-515.

Petrie, K. (2011) An Enduring Issue: Who should teach physical education in New Zealand primary schools?. New Zealand Physical Educator44(1), 12.;dn=178666856818766;res=IELHSS

Petrie, K., & Lisahunter. (2011) Primary teachers, policy, and physical education. European Physical Education Review17(3), 325-329.

Ward, G., & Griggs, G. (2011) Principles of play: A proposed framework towards a holistic overview of games in primary physical education. Education 3-1339(5), 499-516.

Welch, R., & Wright, J. (2011) Tracing discourses of health and the body: Exploring pre-service primary teachers’ constructions of ‘healthy’bodies. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education39(3), 199-210.

Whipp, P. R., Hutton, H., Grove, J. R., & Jackson, B. (2011) Outsourcing physical education in primary schools: Evaluating the impact of externally provided programmes on generalist teachers. Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education2(2), 67-77.


Griggs, G. (2010) For sale–primary physical education.£ 20 per hour or nearest offer. Education 3–1338(1), 39-46.

MacPhail, A., & Halbert, J. (2010) ‘We had to do intelligent thinking during recent PE’: students’ and teachers’ experiences of assessment for learning in post‐primary physical education. Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice17(1), 23-39.

Sherman, C. P., Tran, C., & Alves, Y. (2010) Elementary school classroom teacher delivered physical education: Costs, benefits and barriers. Physical Educator67(1), 2.

Sloan, S. (2010) The continuing development of primary sector physical education: Working together to raise quality of provision. European Physical Education Review16(3), 267-281.

Petrie, K. (2010) Creating confident, motivated teachers of physical education in primary schools. European Physical Education Review16(1), 47-64.