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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Personal and Social Responsibility in PE
Module Code AP302
School 73
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Maura Coulter
Semester 2: Maura Coulter
Autumn: Maura Coulter
Module TeachersMaura Coulter
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only
A written assignment will be undertaken including a rationale for the inclusion of O&AA in the curriculum and how O&AA and outdoor play contribute to the holistic development of the child.

The curriculum model, teaching personal and social responsibility, will underpin all work in outdoor and adventure activities. The theory of outdoor and adventure education with reference to social justice matter will be explained and illustrated as students engage in activities related to the primary curriculum. Walking activities, outdoor challenges and orienteering will provide the medium for exploration of the adventure philosophy including risk, challenge, problem solving, cooperation, debriefing (reflective practice) and trust. Students will be expected to work collaboratively to plan lessons that can be implemented in a school setting and those that are undertaken off-site in natural environments. Theories of play will be explored with the focus on the important role of outdoor physical play for all children.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of Hellison’s model of personal and social responsibility applied to physical education
2. Apply and reflect on the concept of experiential learning within outdoor and adventure education
3. Describe the benefits of outdoor play underpinned by reference to fundamental movement skill development and physical activity
4. Analyse and critique playgrounds (school and off-site) and parks as a places for learning in physical education
5. Plan creative and motivating outdoor and adventure activities that focus on children’s development and learning utilising the principles of Universal Design for Learning

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture16Theoretical and practical workshops exploring TSPR, Outdoor Education and Adventure Education and Play.
Field Trip8Playgrounds and Park settings for orienteering and outdoor play exploration
Independent Study71Reading, studying completing pre/post trip activities
Assignment Completion30Planning, drafting and completing e-portfolio
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Personal and Social Responsibility in O&AA in PE
Applying Hellison’s model of personal and social responsibility; Integration of personal and social responsibility goals into physical education including outdoor education and outdoor physically active play; Teaching responsibility by empowering students; Implications of the model for practice in teaching outdoor and adventure activities. Experiential learning in outdoor and adventure education. Examining the rationale for introducing children to walking activities, outdoor challenges and orienteering. Researching and designing outdoor activities for all children. Development of basic orienteering skills for children: map reading leading towards point to point orienteering. Management of risk taking. The importance of debriefing (reflection) following engagement in adventure activities. Outdoor Play: Benefits of play in the natural environment: play for physical activity, enjoyment of the outdoors, learning about the world. Meeting the child’s need for freedom, adventure, creativity, experimentation, risk-taking. Using playgrounds: selection of playgrounds and play activities, undertaking risk benefit analyses.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
PortfolioStudents will create an e-portfolio reflecting on their learning from the module with particular reference to Outdoor and Adventure Activities, Outdoor Play and TPSR100%Week 12
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Lund, J., & Tannehill, D.: 2014, Standards-Based Physical Education Curriculum Development, Jones & Bartlett Publishers,
  • Griggs, G., & Randall, V.: 2022, An Introduction to Primary Physical Education, 2nd, Routledge, London,
  • Gill, T., Power, M., & Brussoni, M.: 2019, Risk Benefit Assessment for Outdoor Play: A Canadian Toolkit, Child & Nature Alliance of Canada, Canada,
Other Resources

52018, Report, The Heritage Council, 0, Children and the Outdoors, Kilkenny, 52019, Resource, Irish Wheel Chair Association, 0, Great Outdoors: A Guide for Accessibility, Dublin, 52020, Resource, Irish Orienteering Association, 0, Orienteering: A complete introduction, Dublin, 52021, Resource, Play Safety Forum, 0, Managing Risk in play provision: A position statement, 52022, Resource, Barnardos, 2014, Outdoor Play Matters, Dublin, 52023, Resource, Play Wales, 2018, Reflective Practice: What it is and why it is so important, Wales, 52024, Website, Leave No Trace Ireland, 2021, Leave No Trace, Mayo, https://www.leavenotraceireland.org/, 52025, Website, Professional Development Service for Teachers and DCU, 2020, Teaching Outdoor and Adventure Activities - PE at Home, Dublin, https://www.scoilnet.ie/pdst/peathome/,
Programme or List of Programmes
BEDBachelor of Education

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