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Dr David McKee
BEd, MSc, PhD

Head of Health and Physical Education
HPE
Building: Orchard Building
Room:
Telephone: +44 (0) 28 90 384 276

email: d.mckee@stran.ac.uk

Background & Qualifications

       BEd (Physical Education)Stranmillis
       MSc Physical Education and Sports Science, Loughborough
       PhD Correlates of Physical Activity in Young Children, University of Ulster
       Research assistant department of physical education Queen's University Belfast
       Post primary physical education teacher
       Special school physical education teacher

Teaching

      
BEd Courses / M-Level Courses / Other Teaching :
             BEd, BSc, BA, MEd


Scholarship and Research

      
Recent Publications/Conference Papers
             Hillyard M, McKee, D and Murphy MH (2016) An investigation into the factors affecting physical activity levels of preschool children Presented at HEPA Europe 2016, Belfast, 28-30th September 2016
             Clare Drummy, Elaine M. Murtagh, David P. McKee, Gavin Breslin, Gareth W. Davison, Marie H. Murphy (2016) The effect of a classroom activity-break on physical activity levels and adiposity in primary school children, Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 52(7) pp. 745-749
             Crawford S, McKee, D, Wallace S, Marron S, (2014)Examining Fundamental Movement Skill Training in Initial Teacher Education in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, SCoTENS Report
             Drummy C, Breslin G, Davison, GW, McKee D and Murphy, M.H (2014) Correlates of pedometer determined physical activity in 4-5 year old children, Journal of Sport and Health Research, (6)1, pp 75-86
             R.A Campbell, D.P. McKee, S.H. Wallace (2013). Initial Teacher Education: Teaching and Assessment in Fundamental Movement Skills for student teachers. Presented at Learning to move, moving to learn: Exploring Fundamental Movement Skills Across the Lifespan, University College Cork, 19-20 April 2013
             Breslin G, Hanna D, Lowry R, McKee D, McMullan K, Haughey TJ, Moore N (2012) An exploratory study of specialist and generalist teachers: predicting self-efficacy in delivering primary physical education, Working Papers in Health Sciences, 1:1
             EM Murtagh and D McKee (2012) Contribution of Primary School Physical Education Class to Daily Moderate-Vigorous Physical Activity. 4th International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, Sydney, 31st Oct - 3rd Nov
             McKee DP, Murtagh EM, Boreham CAG, Nevill AM, Murphy MH (2012) Seasonal and annual variation in young children's physical activity, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 44(7), 1318-1324
             Breslin G Delaney B.J. Dempster M. McKee D.P. Murphy M (2012).The effect of teachers trained in a fundamental movement skills programme on children's self-perceptions and motor competence European Physical Education Review, 18(1) pp. 114-126
             Drummy C, Davison G, Breslin G, McKee D, Murphy M (2011) Evaluation of a classroom physical activity intervention in 9-10 year old children, Present at European College of Sports Science, Liverpool, July 2011
             Drummy, C, Breslin, G, Davison, G.W, McKee, DP and Murphy, M. (2011) Correlates & levels of objectively assessed physical activity in 4-5year old Northern Irish children. Presented at NIBPS Conference, Enniskillen, 15-17th April, 2011
             McKee, DP & Murtagh, E (2011): Contribution of primary school physical education class to daily MVPA. Presented at International Congress on Enhancing Physical Activity of Children and Youth, Vuokatti, Finland, 7-9th April, 2011
             Lavin J, Wainwright N, Hargreaves S, Delaney B, McKee D, (2011) Childrens Primary Physical Education in the UK a post code lottery? Primary Physical Education Matters 6:1 pp.iv-vi
             McKee, DP and Murtagh, E. (2010) Contribution of primary school Physical Education to health enhancing physical activity. In The Standing Conference on Teacher Education, North and South (SCoTENS) Reflective Practice Challenges For Teacher Education 2009 Conference And Annual Reports, pp.161-168, SCoTENs, Armagh.
             Drummy, C, Breslin, G, Davison, G.W, McKee, D and Murphy, M.H (2010) Levels and correlates of objectively measured physical activity in 4-5 year old children in Northern Ireland. Presented at Taking Action on Childhood Obesity, Queen's University Belfast, 11th November 2010.
             Breslin G, Delaney B, Haughey T, McKee D, Connolly S, Kelly F, Murphy M, Wallace S, Dempster M.(2009) The Assessment & Measurement of Physical Literacy in Children, commissioned by Sport NI.
             McKee DP, Boreham CAG, Davison G, Murphy MH, Nevill AM (2007) Seasonal variation in objectively measured physical activity in 3 and 4 year old children. Presented at Children and Exercise XXIV. Talinn Estonia 5-9th Sept 2007. Published in Toivo Jurimae T., Armstrong N., Jurimae J. (editors) (2008) Children and Exercise XXIV: The Proceedings of the 24th Pediatric Work Physiology Meeting, Routledge, London.
             McKee DP, Boreham CAG, Murphy MH Nevill AM. (2006) Mothers are key determinants of Physical Activity in Young Children. European College of Sports Medicine Conference, Lausanne Switzerland, 5-8 July 2006
             McKee DP, Boreham CAG, Murphy MH, Nevill AM (2005).Validation of the Digiwalker pedometer for measuring physical activity in young children. Pediatric Exercise Science, 17:4, pp.345-352. 2005
             McKee DP, Boreham CAG, Murphy MH, (2005).Relationship between objectively measured and proxy reports of physical activity in 3 and 4 year old children. Presented at The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. Loughborough, England 3rd-7th September 2005
             McKee DP, Boreham CAG, Murphy MH (2005).Relationship between objectively measured physical activity in 3 and 4 year old children and their parents. Presented at Children and Exercise XXIII. Gwatt Switzerland 22nd-25th Sept 2005
             McKee DP, Boreham CAG, Murphy MH, Sprevak D (2004).Validation of the DigiwalkerTM pedometer using the Children's Activity Rating Scale in Young Children.. Presented at the 2004 North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine Conference. St. Andrews, New Brunswick Canada, 11-15 August 2004
             McKee DP, Boreham CAG, Murphy MH, Sprevak D (2003).Comparison of the physical activity levels of male and female pre-school children. Presented at the joint conference of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences and The British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine. Sheffield, England 3-6 September 2003
      
Research Interests
             Correlates and levels of paediatric physical activity
             Objective assessment of physical activity
             Contribution of physical education to daily physical activity
             Promotion of physical activity in physical education
             Development of fundamental movement skills in children
             Current Research Projects
             SCoTENS funded project in conjuction with MI College Limerick to examine the contribution of physical education to objectively assessed physical activity in primary school children
             Expectations and achievements of first year undergraduate students
             Approaches to the teaching of fundamental movement skills in Ireland (SCoTENS, funded project)

Responsibilities

       Head of Health and Physical Education in Stranmillis
       Teaching
       Administration
       Module Co-ordinator
       BEd Yr4 Fundamental Movement Studies
       BSc Yr2 Exercise Science
       BSc Yr3 Assessment of Health and Exercise

External Interests / Community Service

       Community Links
       Member of Board of Govenors, Harmony Hill Primary School
       Association for Physical Education
       British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences
       Child Health and Welfare Recognised Research Group
       North American Association for Pediatric Exercise Medicine
       Member of all Ireland group investigating the application of technology to support learning in physical education