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Arts Education & Physical Education

About

The Department of Arts Education and Physical Education at Mary Immaculate College includes four specialist teams in the areas of Drama Education, Music Education, Visual Art Education and Physical Education.

The Department of Arts Education and Physical Education team bring their wealth of experience, commitment, passion and expertise as artists, practitioners and teacher educators to the promotion of high quality, research-informed, inclusive, hands-on and practical, innovative and creative learning experiences to positively influence and enrich the lives of future teachers, the children they teach and the wider community. The AEPE mission compliments the overall mission of MIC in promoting excellence in its teaching, learning and research activities.

Contact
Head of Department
Professor Déirdre Ní Chróinín
+353 61 204553

Subject Overview

Undergraduate

Staff of the department lecture in Drama Education, Music Education, Physical Education and Visual Art Education on the Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Education & Psychology and Bachelor of Education (International) programmes. Staff also contribute to the BA in Early Childhood Care & Education.

The following is a list of undergraduate modules on any given year (spanning across Years 1-4 of the programmes):

EDU207: Social, Personal, Health and Physical Education 1
EDU257: Social, Personal, Health, and Physical Education 2
EDU : The Creative Arts 1
EDU259: The Creative Arts 2
EDU303: The Creative Arts 3
EDE313: Movement Skill Development in Primary Physical Education
EDE353: Theatre for Young Audiences
EDE358: Children and Visual Art
EDE401: Physical Education and School Sport
EDE402: The Social Context of Sport, Physical Activity and Physical Education
EDE400: Physical Activity Promotion in the Primary School
EDE406: Music Education in the School and Community
EDE413: Advanced Drama and Theatre Education
EDE414: Drama as a Methodology
EDE415: Performance Studies
EDE424: Contemporary Visual Arts 1: Media and Issues
EDE425: Contemporary Visual Art 2: Interdisciplinary Practice
EDE426: Leadership in Visual Art in Schools and the Wider Community
EDE306: Advanced Teaching and Learning in Physical Education
EDE308: Visual Art and Visual Art Education

Postgraduate

Members of the AEPE Department deliver a number of modules on the Professional Masters in Education programme.

The following is a list of PME modules on any given year: 

PME605: Arts Education 1: Drama, Music, And Visual Arts
PME625: Arts Education 2: Drama, Music, And Visual Arts
PME614: Social, Personal, Health and Physical Education 1
PME626: Social, Personal, Health, And Physical Education 2

The Department of Arts Education and Physical Education delivers two taught postgraduate programmes:

Research Postgraduate Programmes (MA and PhD)

The Department of AEPE welcomes applications for research MA and PhD degrees and staff within the department are also available to supervise research degrees. Departmental assistantships are available to support students who wish to pursue graduate studies. Please contact the Head of Department for further information.

Students will normally only be accepted for research in areas in which the Department has a particular specialisation (see Research Interests on Staff Profiles for details).

Further information on the application process here. Information about the Research and Graduate School at MIC here.

Students undertaking the general Master of Education (M Ed) or Structured PhD programmes can complete their dissertation on a topic and under the supervision of academic staff with the Department of AEPE.

Staff

Professor Déirdre Ní Chróinín

BA (UL); MA (Academic Practice) (UL) & PhD (UL)
Professor of Education and Head of Department of Arts Education and Physical Education
  • Phone: +353 61 204553
  • Email: Deirdre.NiChroinin@mic.ul.ie
  • Location: S101

Dr Ailbhe Kenny

BEd (DCU); MEd (DCU) & PhD (Cantab)
Associate Professor
  • Phone: +353 61 774721
  • Email: Ailbhe.Kenny@mic.ul.ie
  • Location: C106

Dr Richard Bowles

B Ed (NUI); MSc (University of Leicester) & PhD (UL)
Lecturer
  • Phone: +353 61 204912
  • Email: Richard.Bowles@mic.ul.ie
  • Location: G49

Dr Michelle Dillon

BA (LSAD), MSc (UL), PhD (UL).
Lecturer in Physical Education
  • Email: Michelle.Dillon@mic.ul.ie

Dr Niamh Kitching

BSc & PhD
Lecturer
  • Phone: +353 61 204374
  • Email: Niamh.Kitching@mic.ul.ie
  • Location: G45

Laura McEntee

BEd, H Dip in Arts Education, MA in Teaching and Learning.
Teaching Fellow in Arts Education
  • Email: Laura.McEntee@mic.ul.ie

Research

The Department of Arts Education and Physical Education delivers two taught postgraduate programmes:

Research Postgraduate Programmes (MA and PhD)

The Department of AEPE welcomes applications for research MA and PhD degrees and staff within the department are also available to supervise research degrees. Departmental assistantships are available to support students who wish to pursue graduate studies. Please contact the Head of Department for further information.

Students will normally only be accepted for research in areas in which the Department has a particular specialisation (see Research Interests on Staff Profiles for details).

Further information on the application process here. Information about the Research and Graduate School at MIC here.

Students undertaking the general Master of Education (M Ed) or Structured PhD programmes can complete their dissertation on a topic and under the supervision of academic staff with the Department of AEPE.

Resources

Arts Education 

Resource constructed by Visual Art and Artists Connolly and Cleary; we are currently writing up a lesson plan to share and will forward this on as soon as it is ready. 

Website: Cleary Connolly - The School of Looking

Physical Education

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Sports Education in Primary School PE
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