Welcome to the LAMPE home page, the online presence of the Learning About Meaningful Physical Education research project. This is a longitudinal research and teaching project funded in part by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada and the Irish Research Council, and through several seed grants from Mary Immaculate College and Brock University.
The first phase of our research focused on ways to prepare future physical education teachers and coaches to foster meaningful engagement in physical activity through PE and youth sport. Conducted in two leading PE teacher and coach preparation programs (Brock University, Canada and Mary Immaculate College, Ireland) and building directly on a two-year pilot project, this ethnographic research explored future teachers’ and coaches’ experiences of learning through an approach that positions meaning-making and personally meaningful engagement in physical activity as the priority goals of PE and youth sport – we call this the LAMPE approach.
The second and current phase of our research represents a new direction, where we are developing an approach to Meaningful Physical Education (or the MPE Approach) that will be implemented and refined by a sample of teachers working mainly in primary/elementary schools. We intend for the MPE Approach to provide a coherent set of principles and strategies to support meaningful learning experiences in PE.
This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Irish Research Council.