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Dr David McKee

General Information

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Teaching health and physical education on BSc Health, Physical Activity and Sport, BEd Primary, BEd Post Primary, BA Early Childhood Studies
  • Head of Programme for BSc and Foundation Degree Health, Physical Activity and Sport
  • Module coordinator for Practical Studies II, Exercise Science, Assessment of Physical Activity and Fundamental Movement Skills
  • Eco- Campus co-ordinator
  • Co-ordinator for Outdoor Learning Strategy

External Interests / Community Service

  • Board of Governors, Harmony Hill Primary School
  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences

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

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

Research & Scholarship

Journal Articles
Rooney, L. & McKee, D. (2018) Contribution of PE and Recess towards the overall PA of 8-11-year-old children. Journal of Sport and Health Research, 10:2, 303-316.

Drummy, C. Murtagh, E.M. McKee, D.P. Breslin, G. Davison, G.W. Murphy, M.H. (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, 745-749.

Drummy, C. Breslin, G. Davison, G.W. 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, 75-86. 

Conference proceedings and papers
McKee, D.P., Wallace, S.H. Rutherford P.W. (2018), Comparison of physical activity and step counts between Actigraph Accelerometers, Pacer phone app and Yamax Pedomter in free living young adults. Presented at 23rd annual Congress of the European College of Sports Science, Dublin, 4-7th July 2018

Hillyard, M. McKee, D.P. and Murphy, M.H. (2016) An investigation into the factors affecting physical activity levels of preschool children Presented at HEPA Europe 2016, Belfast, 28-30th September 2016

Research Reports
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