Journal Articles

Primary physical education articles since 2010

2020 – 2021

Barnett, L. M., E. Mazzoli., M. Hawkins., N. Lander., D. R. Lubans., S. Caldwell., P. Comis., R. J. Keegan., J. Cairney., D. Dudley., R. L. Stewart., G. Long., N. Schranz., T. D. Brown & J. Salmon. (2020) ‘Development of a self-report scale to assess children’s perceived physical literacy’, Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy,

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

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.

Dudley, D., & R. Burden. (2020) ‘What effect on learning does increasing the proportion of curriculum time allocated to physical education have? A systematic review and meta-analysis.’ European Physical Education Review, 26(1), 85–100.

Duncombe, R., & Preedy, P. (2020) Physical development in the early years: exploring its importance and the adequacy of current provision in the United Kingdom. Education 3-13, 1-15.

Dyson, B., D. Howley & Y. Shen (2020) ‘Being a team, working together, and being kind’: Primary students’ perspectives of cooperative learning’s contribution to their social and emotional learning, Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy,

Enright, E., D. Kirk & D. Macdonald (2020) ‘Expertise, neoliberal governmentality and the outsourcing of Health and Physical Education’, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 41(2), 206-222, DOI: 10.1080/01596306.2020.1722424

Greve, S., M. Thumel., F. Jastrow., C. Krieger., A. Schwedler & J. Süßenbach (2020) ‘The use of digital media in primary school PE – student perspectives on product-oriented ways of lesson staging’, Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy,

Hinojo Lucena F. J., J. López Belmonte., A. Fuentes Cabrera , J. M. Trujillo Torres & S. Pozo Sánchez (2020). Academic Effects of the Use of Flipped Learning in Physical Education. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(1):276

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.

Kelly, L., S. O’Connor, A. J. Harrison & N. J. Ní Chéilleachair (2020) ‘Effects of an 8-week school-based intervention programme on Irish school children’s fundamental movement skills’, Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy

Kim, I (2020) ‘Preservice teachers’ enacted pedagogical content knowledge as a function of content knowledge in teaching elementary physical education content’, Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy

Li, M.H., R. K. W. Sum., C. H. P. Sit., et al. (2020) ‘Associations between perceived and actual physical literacy level in Chinese primary school children’. BMC Public Health 20, 207

Lindsey, I (2020) ‘Analysing policy change and continuity: physical education and school sport policy in England since 2010’, Sport, Education and Society, 25:1, 27-42

Macken, S., A. MacPhail & A. Calderon (2020) ‘Exploring primary pre-service teachers’ use of ‘assessment for learning’ while teaching primary physical education during school placement’, Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 25(5), 539-554.

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

Mcveagh, H., M. Smith & V. Randall (2020) ‘‘It’s like it doesn’t really matter’: Are teachers accountable and equipped for teaching primary physical education?’, Education 3-13.

Mikalsen, H. K. & P. A. Lagestad (2020) ‘Adolescents’ meaning-making experiences in physical education – in the transition from primary to secondary school’, Sport, Education and Society, 25(7), 802-814,

Montero-Carretero C. & E. Cervelló. (2020) ‘Teaching Styles in Physical Education: A New Approach to Predicting Resilience and Bullying’. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(1): 76.

Murphy, F & Eileen McEvoy (2020) ‘Listening to the voices of teachers: primary physical education in Ireland’, Sport in Society 23(8), 1320-1336,

Neville, R. D. & Makopoulou, K. (2021) ‘Effect of a six-week dance-based physical education intervention on primary school children’s creativity: A pilot study’, European Physical Education Review, 27(1), pp. 203–220.

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 & M. Fleet (2020) ‘Constructing knowledge in primary physical education: a critical perspective from pre-service teachers’, Curriculum Studies in Health and Physical Education.

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

Smee, C., C. Luguetti, R. Spaaij & B. McDonald (2020) ‘Capturing the moment: understanding embodied interactions in early primary physical education’, Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy.

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

Telford, R.M., L. S. Olive, R. J. Keegan, S. Keegan, L. M. Barnett & R. D. Telford (2021) ‘Student outcomes of the physical education and physical literacy (PEPL) approach: a pragmatic cluster randomised controlled trial of a multicomponent intervention to improve physical literacy in primary schools’, Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 26(1), 97-110.

To, Q. G., L. Wharton., D. Gallegos., M. Stylianou., D. V. Do., K. G. To., H. T. Tran., & S. G. Trost. (2020) ‘School-based physical education: Physical activity and implementation barriers in Vietnamese elementary schools’, European Physical Education Review, 26(2), pp. 587–606.

Wang, Y & A. Chen (2020) ‘Two Pathways Underlying the Effects of Physical Education on Out-of-School Physical Activity’, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 91(2), 197-208, DOI: 10.1080/02701367.2019.1656325


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.