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Melanie McKee

General Information

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Programme co-ordinator, BSc Health, Physical Activity and Sport
  • Advisor of Studies for year 2 direct entry students on BSc Health, Physical Activity & Sport degree

External Interests / Community Service

  • Member of the Association for PE (Northern Ireland region) interim committee, Jan 2016 – present
  • Member (international adviser) of the Canadian Physical Literacy Consensus Statement Steering Group, Jan 2015 – present
  • Member of the Northern Ireland Active Schools Working Group, Sept 2014 – Sept 2015
  • Vice-chair, trustee and co-founder of International Physical Literacy Association (IPLA), Aug 2014 – Dec 2015
  • Vice-chair of International Physical Literacy Steering Group, Aug 2013 – July 2014
  • UK representative for the International Association of PE & Sport for Girls and Women (IAPESGW), Apr 2013 – Apr 2014
  • Chair of workshop on ‘Assessment of Physical literacy”, International Physical Literacy Conference, University of Bedfordshire, Feb 2011
  • Chair of Northern Ireland Physical Literacy Forum, Aug 2008 – Aug 2010
  • Chair of Home Countries Physical Literacy Forum, Aug 2008 – Aug 2010
  • Co-ordinator of Activ8, Sport Northern Ireland’s Olympic Legacy Programme for children involving coaches and teachers, Jan 2009 – Aug 2010
  • Member of the Sports Coach UK Coaching Children Curriculum Implementation Group, Sept 2008 – Apr 2010
  • Member of the Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister for Northern Ireland (OFMDFMNI) Play and Leisure Policy for Northern Ireland Implementation Group, Jan 2009 – Feb 2010

Research Interests

  • Physical literacy
  • Physical education

Background & Qualifications

  • Background
  • 2010 – Present: Senior Lecturer, Department of Health and PE, Stranmillis University College, Belfast
  • 2008 – 2010: Physical Literacy Development Officer, Sport Northern Ireland, Belfast
  • 2003 – 2008: Primary teacher, Knockmore Primary School, Lisburn
  • Qualifications
  • Doctoral studies – currently completing EdD (Doctorate of Education) at Cardiff University
  • PGCE (Primary), University of Ulster, Coleraine, 2002-2003
  • BSc (Sport, Exercise & Leisure), University of Ulster, Jordanstown, 1999-2002
  • LLB (Law), Queen’s University, Belfast, 1995-1998, also awarded the following:
  • Stanley Austin Memorial Prize – best essay in international law
  • William Staunton Memorial Prize – proficiency in criminal law
  • Northern Ireland Medico-Legal Society Prize – proficiency in medical law and ethics

Research & Scholarship

Journal Articles
Tremblay M. S., Costas-Bradstreet C., Barnes J. D., Bartlett B., Dampier D., Lalonde C., Leidl R., Longmuir P., McKee M., Patton R., Way R., & Yessis J. (2018) Canada’s Physical Literacy Consensus Statement: process and outcome. BMC Public Health 18 (Suppl 2):1034. Available at: https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/track/pdf/10.1186/s12889-018-5903-x

Canada’s Physical Literacy Consensus Statement (2015) a clarification document aspiring to facilitate alignment and consistency in policy, research and practice within and between multiple sectors in the physical literacy community including health, education and sport (Online). Available at: https://www.participaction.com/sites/default/files/downloads/Participaction-CanadianPhysicalLiteracy-Consensus_0.pdf

McKee, M., Breslin, G., Haughey, T. and Donnelly, P. (2013) Research in Assessing Physical Literacy in Northern Ireland, International Council of Sport Science & Physical Education (ICSSPE) Bulletin, Journal of Sport Science and Physical Education, 65, pp.284-289 (Online). Available at: https://www.icsspe.org/sites/default/files/bulletin65_0.pdf

McKee, M., Breslin, G., Haughey, T. and Donnelly, P. (2013) Physical Literacy Co-ordinators & Active School Partnerships in Northern Ireland, International Council of Sport Science & Physical Education (ICSSPE) Bulletin, Journal of Sport Science and Physical Education, 65, pp.300-306 (Online). Available at: https://www.icsspe.org/sites/default/files/bulletin65_0.pdf

Haughey, T., Breslin, G., Toole, S., McKee, M. and Donnelly, P. (2013) Developing Physical Literacy through Coaches – A Northern Ireland Perspective, International Council of Sport Science & Physical Education (ICSSPE) Bulletin, Journal of Sport Science and Physical Education, 65, pp.253-257 (Online). Available at: https://www.icsspe.org/sites/default/files/bulletin65_0.pdf

Baseline survey of timetabled PE in post-primary schools in Northern Ireland (2010), Sport Northern Ireland (Online). Available at: http://www.sportni.net/sportni/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/PostPrimaryPESurvey2010FullReport.pdf

McKee, M., & Jennings, C. (2010) Physical education in primary schools in Northern Ireland, Primary PE Matters, Association for Physical Education, Vol.5, No.3, pp. xiii-xvi (Online). Available at: http://www.afpe.org.uk/physical-education/physical-education-matters-2/

Baseline survey of timetabled PE in primary schools in Northern Ireland (2009), Sport Northern Ireland (Online). Available at: http://www.sportni.net/sportni/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/REPORTPRIMARYPESURVEY.pdf

Teaching Resources
Understanding Physical Literacy module; tutor notes; participant reflection journal; and physical literacy factsheet for Coaching Ireland (October 2018)

Active Eatwell Foundation Stage, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two teacher resource manuals for Sport Northern Ireland and the Food Standards Agency (2012) (Online). Available at: http://www.activ8ni.net/activ8-eatwell.html

Other Publications
Promoting physical activity through connected learning (2010), Linked – Connected Learning, The Partnership Management Board (Online). Available at: http://www.nicurriculum.org.uk/docs/linked/linked10_feb10.pdf

Peer Reviewer
International peer reviewer for Canada’s Sport for Life – Developing Physical Literacy resource (January 2019). Available at: https://sportforlife.ca/portfolio-view/developing-physical-literacy-building-a-new-normal-for-all-canadians/

Conference proceedings and papers
Key note presentation: Physical Literacy for All, Special Olympics Ireland, Annual Conference, Dublin, March 2019

Key note presentation: Defining Physical Literacy, Developing Children’s Physical Literacy seminar, Naas, Kildare, December 2016

Two panel presentations: ‘The International Physical Literacy Association’ and ‘Physical Literacy Development in Northern Ireland’, and member of Physical Literacy Advisory Panel for Q&A session, International Physical Literacy Conference, Vancouver, Canada, June 2015

Key note presentation: Physical Literacy: The value of body experiences to human development, II Summit on Sport & Human Development, Sao Paolo, Brazil, Nov 2014

Developing children’s physical literacy, Department of Sport & PE, Linnaeus University, Vaxjo, Sweden, April 2014

PE provision in primary and post-primary schools in Northern Ireland, International Association for PE and Sport for Girls and Women World Congress, Havana, Cuba, April 2013

Developing children’s physical literacy, Department of Sport & PE, University of Malta, April 2012

Physical education and physical literacy, International Physical Literacy Conference, University of Bedfordshire, England, 2011

Physical literacy, Coaching Ireland Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 2010

Developing physical literacy, International Association for PE and Sport for Girls and Women World Congress, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2009

Developing physical literacy through multi-skills clubs, Sports Coach UK Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, 2009