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School of Health & Human Performance
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Academic biography

Dr. Holland completed a degree in Physical Education, Sport Science and Theology at Newman College in Birmingham. She then completed a PGCE in Physical Education at Loughborough. Eimear then returned to work at a Sport College in Birmingham where she taught at both primary and secondary school levels. She was involved in a Best Practice Research Scholarship Research Project in collaboration with Loughborough University. Eimear also worked as a Consultant for Birmingham Local Education Authority where she provided professional development for PE departments and student teachers in the area of Instructional Models for engaging underachieving and disaffected pupils. Whilst teaching, Eimear also held a seat on the National Teacher Research Panel which is charged with making research more accessible to practicing teachers. Eimear then moved into Initially Teacher Education working as a Senior Lecturer on both undergraduate and post graduate programmes at Liverpool John Moore University where she worked as the Route Leader for the Key Stage 2-3 with Physical Education Programme. She has been working at DCU since 2009 as an assistant professor in Physical Education and during this time completed her PhD at the University of Birmingham. She is the Physical Education School Placement Coordinator and the Coordinator of professional development programmes for PE school placement cooperating teachers: Cooperating PE Teacher (COPET) Programme and COPET+ Programmes. Though based in the Faculty of Science and Health, Eimear's outreach and research work extends to the Institute of Education. 

Research interests

Professional Learning and Development [PLD] throughout the continuumPLD Meta-model design and facilitation for transformationLeadership PLDMentoring PLDResearch based communities of practice using a participatory action research strategy as a vehicle for implementing and cascading PLD in the face of organisation resistance and inertiaSchool placement partnership development Mentoring and the impact of socialisation upon student teachers' sense of identity and agency whilst on school placementHow PE Teachers are implicated in the aetiology of disordered eating and body dissatisfaction in secondary school aged girlsThe impact of Sport Education upon disaffected and underachieving pupils and their engagement, attainment and behaviour.