Research Profile

Patricia Fitzpatrick

Biography

I have been working on the BEd Sports Studies and Physical Education in the School of Education, University College Cork, since 2012 when I began my job as lecturer in Physical Education and Coordinator of School Placement.  Over the past two years I have developed the School Placement programme by introducing new schools into the strong School-University partnership which has been at the centre of this programme since its inception in 2007. I have also developed an excellent team of approximately 24 placement tutors for the 4th year school placement programme.
 
Previously my work included:
2011-2012: Placement Tutor, University College Cork.
2003-2011: Lecturer in Dance in Education, Hibernia College, Dublin. 
2004-2005:Writer of the Creative Dance strand for Primary Schools' Sports Initiative group, Department of Education and Science
2003-2011: Placement Tutor, University of Limerick. 
2003-2005: Facilitator of the team of teacher responsible for the nationwide delivery of the dance strand of the Primary PE Curriculum
2000-2003: Facilitator for the team of teacher responsible for the design and implementation of the dance strand of the Junior Cycle PE programme.   
1998-2010: Lecturer in Dance in Education, St Patrick's College Drumcondra, Dublin.
1997-1999: Dance Consultant to the Primary Physical Education committee of the NCCA in developing the creative dance curriculum for the (1999) Physical Education Primary Curriculum 
1993-2003: Director of Pegasini Youth Dance Company, Cork.
1991-2012: Teacher of Dance in Education, Primary & Post Primary schools in Cork.
1991-2000: Co -Director of the  annual Cork Schools' Dance Celebration, Cork.
1990-1992: Dancer in Residence, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork.
1989-1990: Student of dance at The Dance College, Digges Lane, Dublin.
1988-1989: Teacher of Physical Education and Dance in Education, St Ursula’s SS, Greenwich, London.
1986-1988: Teacher of Physical Education and Dance in Education,Scoile Mhuire SS, Athy, Co Kildare.
 

Research Interests

·   Initial Teacher Education ·   Professional Practice and Pedagogy ·   Dance Education ·   Mentoring ·   School-University Partnerships ·   Curriculum and Assessment ·   Reflective Practice ·   Teacher as Life Long LearnerPrevious Research
  • Masters Dissertation, 2000. Title ‘The Value of Dance in the Primary School Curriculum and a Journey towards Self Reflective Practice’
Current Research
I am currently completing a PhD thesis exploring the School Placement Tutor's journey to inform effective and equitable supervision of Physical Education student teachers in Initial Teacher Education in the Republic of Ireland.
Main Research question
"What are the motivations, roles and relationships which emerge for placement tutors in their supervision of physical education student teachers in school placement?”
Subsidiary research questions include:
1.      How do placement tutors define their professional identity in their role as teacher educators? 2.      What are the challenges, opportunities and dilemmas experienced by placement tutors in their position of multi-membership within two communities of practice; the school and the university?
3.      Do placement tutors have a role to play in the ‘third space’ (Zeichner 2010) of school placement?
4.      Do placement tutors experience a tension in the dual role of assessor and advisor in the school placement process, and does this impact upon the task of supervising physical education student teachers?

Publications

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2015)'Handbook of Mobile Digital Technology'
Crawford, S. & Fitzpatrick, P. (2015) 'Handbook of Mobile Digital Technology' In: Zang, Y.A (eds). The Use of Mobile Digital Technology and ipod Touches in Physical Education. Heidelberg, New York, London: Springer. [Details]

CD

 YearPublication
(2005)Resource Materials for Teaching Physical Education in the primary school.
Sadie Biddulph, Bernadette Cotter, Mairéad Weymes and Patricia Fitzpatrick (2005) Resource Materials for Teaching Physical Education in the primary school. CD [Details]

Magazine article

 YearPublication
(1997)Dance in Education: The Value of Performance.
Fitzpatrick. T (1997) Dance in Education: The Value of Performance. Magazine article [Details]

Newsletter

 YearPublication
(1993)Dance in Education, A learning experience through an expressive art form.
Fitzpatrick. T (1993) Dance in Education, A learning experience through an expressive art form. Newsletter [Details]

Thesis/Dissertation

 YearPublication
(2000)‘The Value of Dance in the Primary School Curriculum and a Journey towards Self Reflective Practice’.
Fitzpatrick, P. (2000) ‘The Value of Dance in the Primary School Curriculum and a Journey towards Self Reflective Practice’. Thesis/Dissertation [Details]

Professional Activities

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Physical Education Association Of Ireland Member11-OCT-12 /
Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) UCC representative on Physical Education School Placement11-OCT-13 /

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2019)7th Annual Conference SCoTENS 2019 - Leadership across boundaries: challenges for educators and teacher educators,
Patricia Fitzpatrick, João Costa (2019) Promoting quality interactions between formative and summative assessment of school placment. [Oral Presentation], 7th Annual Conference SCoTENS 2019 - Leadership across boundaries: challenges for educators and teacher educators, Ballyconnell, Ireland , 18-OCT-19. [Details]
(2015)The All Ireland Conference for Doctoral Researchers in Education: Contestations and Synergies, Perspectives from Doctoral Research in Ireland,
Patricia Fitzpatrick (2015) Supporting the Disenfranchised Outsider in Initial Teacher Education. [Oral Presentation], The All Ireland Conference for Doctoral Researchers in Education: Contestations and Synergies, Perspectives from Doctoral Research in Ireland, University College Dublin , 05-JUN-15. [Details]
(2000)PEAI National Conference - Moving to Learn,
Trish Fitzpatrick (2000) Dance workshops :'Poetry through Motion'. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], PEAI National Conference - Moving to Learn, Galway . [Details]
(1993)PEAI NAtional Conference-Physical Education for a changing WORLD,
Trish Fitzpatrick (1993) Dance Workshops Physical Education Curriculum Project. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], PEAI NAtional Conference-Physical Education for a changing WORLD, Waterford . [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Teaching and Learning Committee, School of Education, UCC Member2019 /
Physical Education Teacher Education UCC representative on Physical Education School Placement2013 /
Physical Education of Ireland Member of the Executive Committee2013 / 2015

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
St Ursula’s School, 70 Croom’s Hill, Greenwich, London SE 10 4HN Teacher of Physical Education & Dance01-SEP-88 / 26-MAY-89
Ashton School Blackrock, Scoil Naisiunta an Chroi Naofa Glounthaune, Scoile Mhuire Primary School Cobh, St Mary’s on the Hill Knocknaheeney, Christ the King Secondary School Turner’s Cross, St Aloysius College Cork, Regina Mundi College Cork, Scoil Bhride, Eglantine, St Columba’s GNS Douglas. Teacher of Dance in Education10-SEP-92 /
University College Cork School Placement Lecturer & Coordinator10-SEP-12 /
Post Primary Physical Education Committee, NCCA, Dublin. Dance Facilitator26-SEP-97 / 12-JUN-98
Primary Curriculum Support Programme, NCCA, Dublin Dance Consultant & Trainer12-APR-02 / 12-APR-04
University of Limerick School Placement Tutor12-SEP-03 / 30-OCT-12
Primary Physical Education Committee, NCCA, Dublin. Dance Consultant/Advisor04-OCT-96 / 22-MAY-98
Scoile Mhuire, Athy, Co Kildare Teacher of Physical Education & Dance01-SEP-86 / 27-MAY-88
Triskel Arts Centre Dancer in Residence03-SEP-90 / 31-MAY-92
Primary Schools’ Sports’ Initiative, DES, Dublin Dance Consultant/Advisor17-SEP-04 / 31-MAY-04

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2000University College Cork MEdDance in Education
1986Thomond College of Education, Limerick, Ireland BEd (Hons)Physical Education & English
1998The Laban Guild National Governing Body, UK CertificateCommunity Dance
1990NCEF, Limerick, Ireland CertificateExercise & Fitness Instruction

Languages

 LanguageReadingWritingSpeaking
Gaeilge FunctionalFunctionalFunctional

Consultancy

 ClientDescription
Department of Education & Science
I was dance in education consultant (2003-2004) on a pilot project conducted by the Primary Schools’ Sports Initiative (DES 2000) to explore the best model of practice for the national inservice of the 1999 Revised Primary Physical Education Curriculum.
Primary Curriculum Support Programme, NCCA, Dublin
I was the dance in education consultant (2002-2005) responsible for the dance input in the training of the team of primary school Physical Education cuiditheoirí who disseminated the Revised Primary PE curriculum which was disseminated to Irish primary schools in 2005.
NCCA,Primary School Physical Education Committee
I facilitated the writing of the curriculum and teacher guidelines of the creative dance strand of the revised Primary PE curriculum (1999).
NCCA Post Primary comittee
i facilitated a team of Physical Education teachers in the development of expertise, strategies and resources for the design and delivery of the dance strand of the Junior Certificate Physical Education Curriculum.

Other Activities

 Description

Physical Education Teacher Education Ireland- UCC School Placement Representative

NCCA Post Primary Education- Member of the Expert Group for consultation of the Physical Education Short Course,Junior cycle Wellbeing PE Programme, Draft Physical Education Leaving Certificate Specification

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests lies in Initial Teacher Education and the related elements of pedagogy, curriculum and assessment which prepare the student teacher fro their journey of learning to teach (Teaching Council 2011).I am interested in particular in the areas of active learners, differentiated learning, innovative pedagogy and reflective practice. The modules I teach on are:

ED2317 : Placement 2
ED4320: Placement 4
ED4316:  Placement 5


Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2020Placement 5 ED4316Placement 5
2020Placement 2 ED2317Placement 2
2020Placement 4 ED4320Placement 4
2020Placement 3 ED3317Placement 3

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Leeholme, O' Donovan's Road, Cork, Ireland

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