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Academic biography Eimear 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 trainee 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 a Lecturer in Physical Education but contributes across the School. Eimear is currently completing her doctoral studies at the University of Birmingham in teacher education. 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+ Programme.
Research interests Continuous Professional Development (CPD) in teacher educationHow engaging in a mentoring community of practice (M-CoP) using a participatory action research strategy can maximise access to effective CPD characteristicsMentoring 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.