Coaches as teachers: the case of Physical Education

Jessica Mangione

University of Limerick

Jessica Mangione is a third year PhD student from University of Limerick supervised by Dr Melissa Parker and Professor Mary O’Sullivan. She was fully educated in Italy at the Kore University of Enna (Sicily). Between 2010 and 2014 she was involved in two research projects: the first project was a two-year study of learning processes and teaching styles in Physical Education that examined indirect teaching approaches with 12-to-14 year old adolescents. The second study focused on the relationships between achievement goal orientation and physical self-concept in adolescents. Both projects were supported by the Sport Pedagogy research group of the Kore University of Enna (Sicily). From 2014 -2015, she worked as a Physical Education external provider in an Italian primary school as part of two national projects “Progetto Primaria” (Primary School Project) and "Sport di classe" (Sport in the classroom), funded by both the Italian Department of Public Education and the National Olympic Committee (CONI). Both projects aimed to improve the quality of Physical Education in Italian primary schools. After these experiences, in 2015 she moved to Ireland for her PhD studies, her research project is aimed at understanding the scope and the nature of Physical Education external provision in Irish primary schools.


Introduction: In Ireland, primary Physical Education (PE) is delivered by non-specialist classroom teachers. Consequently, growing numbers of schools are committing resources to external providers for the partial delivery of... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Jessica Mangione (University of Limerick)
  2. Melissa Parker (University of Limerick)
  3. Mary O'€™Sullivan (University of Limerick)

Topic Area

• Physical education, policy engagement and economic liberalism


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