Sarah Jane Belton

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E: Sarahjane.Belton@dcu.ie

Biography

Sarahjane graduated with a degree is Physical Education and Maths from the University of Limerick in 2001. She taught physical education for a year in second level education (2001 - 2002) before completing a PhD in Physical Activity Measurement at the University of Limerick in 2006. Sarahjane lectured in Physical Education in St Patricks college Drumcondra from 2006 - 2007, and has lectured in Physical Education (physical education and sport pedagogy, curriculum development and evaluation) in the School of Health and Human Performance at Dublin City University from 2007 to present.

Sarahjane's researches in the field of childhood physical activity and health, encompassing all related aspects from physical activity and fitness, motivation and attitudes, to fundamental movement skill abilities. Much of her work centres on developing and evaluating physical literacy intervention programmes, from pre-school level up to post primary. She has lead on the development of many physical literacy intervention programmes including Y-PATH (Youth-Physical Activity Towards Health) and Kids Active, and collaborated with many national agencies in this endeavour including the Irish Heart Foundation, Sport Ireland, and Early Childhood Ireland. Sarahjane has published text books and papers in this field, and presented her work at a variety of national and international conferences.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication

Dr. Sarahjane Belton . [Details]
2016 'The relationship between fundamental movement skill proficiency and physical self-confidence among adolescents'
McGrane B.;Belton S.;Powell D.;Issartel J. (2016) 'The relationship between fundamental movement skill proficiency and physical self-confidence among adolescents'. Journal Of Sports Sciences, :1-6 [DOI] [Details]
2016 'The relationship between adolescents’ physical activity, fundamental movement skills and weight status'
O’ Brien W.;Belton S.;Issartel J. (2016) 'The relationship between adolescents’ physical activity, fundamental movement skills and weight status'. Journal Of Sports Sciences, 34 (12):1159-1167 [DOI] [Details]
2016 'Physical self-confidence levels of adolescents: Scale reliability and validity'
McGrane, B;Belton, S;Powell, D;Woods, CB;Issartel, J (2016) 'Physical self-confidence levels of adolescents: Scale reliability and validity'. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 19 :563-567 [DOI] [Details]
2016 'An examination of the nutritional intake and anthropometric status of individuals with intellectual disabilities: Results from the SOPHIE study'
Hoey E;Staines A;Walsh D;Corby D;Bowers K;Belton S;Meegan S;McVeigh T;McKeon M;Trépel D;Griffin P;Sweeney MR; (2016) 'An examination of the nutritional intake and anthropometric status of individuals with intellectual disabilities: Results from the SOPHIE study'. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, [DOI] [Details]
2016 'Fundamental movement skill proficiency amongst adolescent youth'
Brien, W;Belton, S;Issartel, J (2016) 'Fundamental movement skill proficiency amongst adolescent youth'. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 21 :557-571 [DOI] [Details]
2016 'The relationship between adolescents' physical activity, fundamental movement skills and weight status'
O' Brien, W;Belton, S;Issartel, J (2016) 'The relationship between adolescents' physical activity, fundamental movement skills and weight status'. Journal Of Sports Sciences, 34 :1159-1167 [DOI] [Details]
2016 'School's out... now what? Objective estimates of afterschool sedentary time and physical activity from childhood to adolescence'
Wickel, EE;Belton, S (2016) 'School's out... now what? Objective estimates of afterschool sedentary time and physical activity from childhood to adolescence'. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 19 :654-658 [DOI] [Details]
2015 'Physical self-confidence levels of adolescents: Scale reliability and validity'
McGrane B.;Belton S.;Powell D.;Woods C.;Issartel J. (2015) 'Physical self-confidence levels of adolescents: Scale reliability and validity'. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, [DOI] [Details]
2015 'The relationship between adolescents’ physical activity, fundamental movement skills and weight status'
O’ Brien W.;Belton S.;Issartel J. (2015) 'The relationship between adolescents’ physical activity, fundamental movement skills and weight status'. Journal Of Sports Sciences, [DOI] [Details]
2015 'Validity of a two-item physical activity questionnaire for assessing attainment of physical activity guidelines in youth'
Hardie Murphy M.;Rowe D.;Belton S.;Woods C. (2015) 'Validity of a two-item physical activity questionnaire for assessing attainment of physical activity guidelines in youth'. BMC Public Health, 15 (1) [DOI] [Details]
2015 'School's out now what? Objective estimates of afterschool sedentary time and physical activity from childhood to adolescence'
Wickel E.;Belton S. (2015) 'School's out now what? Objective estimates of afterschool sedentary time and physical activity from childhood to adolescence'. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, [DOI] [Details]
2015 'Where does the time go? Patterns of physical activity in adolescent youth'
Belton S.;O'Brien W.;Issartel J.;McGrane B.;Powell D. (2015) 'Where does the time go? Patterns of physical activity in adolescent youth'. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, [DOI] [Details]
2015 'Fundamental movement skill proficiency amongst adolescent youth'
O' Brien W.;Belton S.;Issartel J. (2015) 'Fundamental movement skill proficiency amongst adolescent youth'. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, [DOI] [Details]
2014 'Results from Ireland's 2014 report card on physical activity in children and youth'
Harrington D.;Belton S.;Coppinger T.;Cullen M.;Donnelly A.;Dowd K.;Keating T.;Layte R.;Murphy M.;Murphy N.;Murtagh E.;Woods C. (2014) 'Results from Ireland's 2014 report card on physical activity in children and youth'. Journal of physical activity & health, 11 :S63-S68 [DOI] [Details]
2014 'Youth-physical activity towards health: Evidence and background to the development of the Y-PATH physical activity intervention for adolescents'
Belton S.;O'Brien W.;Meegan S.;Woods C.;Issartel J. (2014) 'Youth-physical activity towards health: Evidence and background to the development of the Y-PATH physical activity intervention for adolescents'. BMC Public Health, 14 (1) [DOI] [Details]
2013 'Teaching practice: University supervisors' experiences and perceptions of a cooperating physical education teacher education programme'
Meegan S.;Dunning C.;Belton S.;Woods C. (2013) 'Teaching practice: University supervisors' experiences and perceptions of a cooperating physical education teacher education programme'. European Physical Education Review, 19 (2):199-214 [DOI] [Details]
2013 'Patterns of Noncompliance in Adolescent Field-Based Accelerometer Research'
Belton, S;O'Brien, W;Wickel, EE;Issartel, J (2013) 'Patterns of Noncompliance in Adolescent Field-Based Accelerometer Research'. Journal of physical activity & health, 10 :1181-1185 [Details]
2013 'Longitudinal Change in Active and Sedentary Behavior During the After-School Hours'
Wickel, EE;Issartel, J;Belton, S (2013) 'Longitudinal Change in Active and Sedentary Behavior During the After-School Hours'. Journal of physical activity & health, 10 :416-422 [Details]
2013 'Patterns of noncompliance in adolescent field-based accelerometer research'
Belton S.;O'Brien W.;Wickel E.;Issartel J. (2013) 'Patterns of noncompliance in adolescent field-based accelerometer research'. Journal of physical activity & health, 10 (8):1181-1185 [Details]
2012 'Teaching Practice: University Supervisor’s Experiences and Perceptions of a Cooperating Physical Education Teacher Education Programme'
Meegan S., Dunning, C., Woods, C., & Belton, S., (2012) 'Teaching Practice: University Supervisor’s Experiences and Perceptions of a Cooperating Physical Education Teacher Education Programme'. EUROPEAN PHYSICAL EDUCATION REVIEW, In press [Details]
2012 'Active and sedentary behavior during the after-school period'
Wickel, E., Issartel, J., Belton, S. (2012) 'Active and sedentary behavior during the after-school period'. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND HEALTH, In press [Details]
2012 'Patterns of non-compliance in adolescent field based accelerometer research'
Belton, S., O’Brien, W., Wickel, E., Issartel, J. (2012) 'Patterns of non-compliance in adolescent field based accelerometer research'. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND HEALTH, In press [Details]
2011 'How Many Steps are Enough? For Children and Adolescents'
Tudor-Locke, C., Craig, C., Bassett, D., Beets, W., Belton, S., Cardon, G., Duncan, S., Hatano, Y., Lubans, D., Olds, T., Raustorp, A., Rowe, D., Spence, J., Tanaka, S., & Blair S. (2011) 'How Many Steps are Enough? For Children and Adolescents'. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIOURAL NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, 8 [Details]
2011 'The impact of the COPET programme on student PE teachers teaching practice experience'
Duning, C., Meegan S., Woods, C., & Belton, S., (2011) 'The impact of the COPET programme on student PE teachers teaching practice experience'. EUROPEAN PHYSICAL EDUCATION REVIEW, Accepted for publication May 2011 [Details]
2011 'The impact of the COPET programme on student PE teachers’ teaching practice experiences'
Dunning C.;Meegan S.;Woods C.;Belton S. (2011) 'The impact of the COPET programme on student PE teachers’ teaching practice experiences'. European Physical Education Review, 17 (2):153-165 [DOI] [Details]
2010 'Pedometer step count and BMI of Irish primary school children aged 6-9 years'
Belton S.;Brady P.;Meegan S.;Woods C. (2010) 'Pedometer step count and BMI of Irish primary school children aged 6-9 years'. Preventive Medicine, 50 (4):189-192 [DOI] [Details]
2010 'The evaluation of a cooperating physical education teachers programme (COPET)'
Belton S.;Woods C.;Dunning C.;Meegan S. (2010) 'The evaluation of a cooperating physical education teachers programme (COPET)'. European Physical Education Review, 16 (2):141-154 [DOI] [Details]
2010 'Step count and BMI of Irish primary school children'
Belton, S., Brady, P., Meegan, S. & Woods, C.. (2010) 'Step count and BMI of Irish primary school children'. PREVENTIVE MEDICINE, 50 :189-192 [Details]
2010 'Reliability and validity of a new physical activity self-report measure for Younger Children'
Belton S.;Mac Donncha C. (2010) 'Reliability and validity of a new physical activity self-report measure for Younger Children'. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 14 (1):15-28 [DOI] [Details]
2010 'The design and validation of a physical activity self-report for use with children age 7 to 9 years'
Belton, S., Mac Donncha C. (2010) 'The design and validation of a physical activity self-report for use with children age 7 to 9 years'. MEASUREMENT IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND EXERCISE SCIENCE, Volume 14 :15-28 [Details]
2010 'COPET: The evaluation of a Cooperating Physical Education Teachers programme'
Belton, S., Woods, C., Dunning, C., & Meegan, S. (2010) 'COPET: The evaluation of a Cooperating Physical Education Teachers programme'. EUROPEAN PHYSICAL EDUCATION REVIEW, 16 :141-154 [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
AIESEP Yound Scholar Award
Early career award nomination ISBNPA

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
PEAI: Physical Education Association of Ireland /
AIESEP: International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education /
PEPAYS: Physical Education Physical Activity and Youth Sport Research centre /

Enterprise Engagement

  Year Engagement Type Organisation Description

2015
Continuous Professional Development/Training South Dublin Local Sports Partnership Delivery of Y-PATH trainig to PE teachers

2014
Continuous Professional Development/Training University of Ulster Outreach National rollout of primary school physical activity intervention 'Sport For Life:All Ireland'

2013
Continuous Professional Development/Training Dublin Local Sports Partnerships Delivery of Y-PATH programme to second level PE teachers

2015
Consultancy Irish Heart Foundation, and Early Childhood Ireland Evaluation of physical activity programme 'Kids Active' for early childhood education

2016
Consultancy Irish Heart Foundation, Institute of Public Health, Sports Council Northern Ireland, the Public Health Agency Development of Irelands report Card on Physical Activity of Children

2010
Continuous Professional Development/Training Wicklow Vocational Education Committee, and Wicklow Local Sports Partnership development of healthy school initiative- Y-PATH

2015
Continuous Professional Development/Training Medtronic Healthy Community Fund, Irish Heart Foundation, Early Childhood Ireland Development of Kids Active early childhood intervention programme

2017
Continuous Professional Development/Training Sport Ireland, Dormant Account Fund Development and expansion of Y-PATH programme for PE teachers

Research Interests

Sarahjanes research interests broadly include the following; Physical activity measurement, Monitoring of physical activity levels in youth, Development and evaluation of interventions aimed at promoting physical activity in youth, evaluation of fundamental movement skills, physical fitness, and various psychological correlates of physical activity.

Sarahjane is currently the principal investigator on the 'Y-PATH: Youth Physical Activity Towards Health', research programme see http://www.dcu.ie/shhp/y_path.shtml for more details.

Modules Coordinated

  Term (ID)) Title Link Subject
2019 Programme Decisions & Policy in PE SS235Programme Decisions & Policy in PE
2019 Introduction to Teaching HRA in PE SS128Introduction to Teaching HRA in PE
2019 Description of 2019_SS118 SS118Subject of 2019_SS118