Tony Sweeney

Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, ALL Institute

Gaeilge agus fáilte

Associate Professor

School of Education
2nd
218
(01) 474 7403

Biography

Tony qualified as a primary teacher from St. Patrick's College Drumcondra, and taught in St. Colmcille's NS, Knocklyon for many years. He was seconded to the PCSP and delivered in-service training in Physical Education nationally, before working as a cuiditheoir in PE & SPHE. Tony completed an M.Ed in Inclusive Physical Education in 2008 and has worked as a part-time lecturer in St. Patrick's College and Coláiste Mhuire, Marino before taking a full-time role in Froebel College of Education, Blackrock in 2008. He lectures in Physical Education and Digital Learning at the Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, Maynooth University, and co ordinates the Curriculum, Methodology and Assessment modules for B.Ed and PMEd courses.
Current research projects:

VOTE-PE: Value Orientations of Teacher Educators in Physical Education: investigating beliefs, curricula, and programming in two jurisdictions

EPPEN Stakeholder Project

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2021 'Learning to Teach Generalist Primary Teachers How to Prioritize Meaningful Experiences in Physical Education'
Maura Coulter, Richard Bowles and Tony Sweeney (2021) 'Learning to Teach Generalist Primary Teachers How to Prioritize Meaningful Experiences in Physical Education' In: Tim Fletcher, Déirdre Ní Chróinín, Douglas Gleddie, Stephanie Beni (eds). Meaningful Physical Education An Approach for Teaching and Learning. Abingdon & New York: Routledge. [Details]
2020 'Shared Learning, Different Contexts: Understanding Teaching for Meaning in Pre-Service Physical Education Teacher Education'
Sweeney, T., Bowles, R., & Coulter, M. (2020) 'Shared Learning, Different Contexts: Understanding Teaching for Meaning in Pre-Service Physical Education Teacher Education' In: C. Edge, A. Cameron-Standerford, & B. Bergh (eds). Textiles and Tapestries: Self-Study for Envisioning New Ways of Knowing. Online, BYU: EdTech Books. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2018 'Writing and iPads in the early years: Perspectives from within the classroom'
Dunn J.;Sweeney T. (2018) 'Writing and iPads in the early years: Perspectives from within the classroom'. British Journal of Educational Technology, [DOI] [full-text] [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2020 Meaningful Physical Education in Outdoor and Adventure Education: Perspectives From Preservice Primary Teacher Education
*Maura Coulter; *Richard Bowles; *Deirdre Ni Chroinin; *Tim Fletcher; *Doug Gleddie; *Tony Sweeney (2020) Meaningful Physical Education in Outdoor and Adventure Education: Perspectives From Preservice Primary Teacher Education AERA National Meeting Online Repository www.aera.net, [Details]
2020 Exploring pedagogy and practice: meaningful physical education (MPE) in elementary pre-service teacher education
Sweeney, T., Bowles, R. and Coulter, M. (2020) Exploring pedagogy and practice: meaningful physical education (MPE) in elementary pre-service teacher education American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (AERA) California, [Details]
2012 Like Calves in the Field: Guided Discovery Methodology in Early Childhood Physical Education
Cosgrave, C. & Sweeney, T. (2012) Like Calves in the Field: Guided Discovery Methodology in Early Childhood Physical Education . In: McCarthy, U eds. Proceedings of the 6th Annual Physical Education, Physical Activity & Youth Sport (PEPAYS) Forum , pp.70-75 [Details]
2008 Teachers’ perspectives on the inclusion of pupils with special education needs in the mainstream physical education class
Sweeney, T. & Coulter, M. (2008) Teachers’ perspectives on the inclusion of pupils with special education needs in the mainstream physical education class . In: McPhail, A. & Young A eds. PE PAYS Research Forum [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2021 'Descending the Mountain' 2021 AIESEP Scientific Conference.
Tony Sweeney, Maura Coulter & Richard Bowles (2021) 'Descending the Mountain' 2021 AIESEP Scientific Conference. [Oral Presentation], PRACTITIONERS’ EXPERIENCES OF IMPLEMENTING MEANINGFUL PE, Banff, Canada (Virtual) [Details]
2021 Navigating New Terrain in Physical Education : IPPEA Annual Conference 2021.
Tony Sweeney (2021) Navigating New Terrain in Physical Education : IPPEA Annual Conference 2021. [Oral Presentation], The use of digital applications for outdoor learning, Online [Details]
2018 Multiplier Event for Erasmus+.
Sweeney, T, O'Neill, S. & Young K. (2018) Multiplier Event for Erasmus+. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Primary Education, The Digital Journey, Maynooth University [Details]
2017 Writing and iPads in the Early Years – Perspectives from Children and Teachers.
Dunn, J. & Sweeney, T. (2017) Writing and iPads in the Early Years – Perspectives from Children and Teachers. [Oral Presentation], Education Research Association (EECERA) Annual Conference, Bologna, Italy [Details]
2018 MITE International Conference on Mobile Technology.
Sweeney, T. & Dunn, J (2018) MITE International Conference on Mobile Technology. [Oral Presentation], Writing and iPads in the Early Years: Perspectives from Children and Teachers, Galway Bay Hotel [Details]
2018 School Placement Seminar.
Sweeney, T. (2018) School Placement Seminar. [Conference Organising Committee Member], INTO Education Conference, Maynooth University [Details]
2017 Writing and iPads in the Early Years: Perspectives from Children and Teachers.
Dunn J & Sweeney T (2017) Writing and iPads in the Early Years: Perspectives from Children and Teachers. [Oral Presentation], European Early Childhood Education Research Association ( EECERA), Bologna, Italy [Details]
2014 Geocaching & Technology for Outdoor Education.
Sweeney, T (2014) Geocaching & Technology for Outdoor Education. [Oral Presentation], Computer Education Society of Ireland (CESI) Conference, GMIT, Galway [Details]
2012 Disc Golf.
Sweeney, T (2012) Disc Golf. [Oral Presentation], IPPEA Annual Conference, Marino Institute of Education [Details]
2012 Froebel and Guided Discovery in PE.
Sweeney T (2012) Froebel and Guided Discovery in PE. [Oral Presentation], International Froebel Conference, Froebel College of Education, Dublin [Details]
2008 Teachers’ perspectives on the inclusion of pupils with special education needs in the mainstream physical education class.
Sweeney T & Coulter, M. (2008) Teachers’ perspectives on the inclusion of pupils with special education needs in the mainstream physical education class. [Oral Presentation], rd National APA (Adapted Physical Activity) Conference, Building the right structures,, Killarney, Co.Kerry [Details]
2008 First Prize Winner – Best Poster: Teachers’ perspectives on the inclusion of pupils with special education needs in the mainstream physical education class.
Sweeney, T & Counter, M. (2008) First Prize Winner – Best Poster: Teachers’ perspectives on the inclusion of pupils with special education needs in the mainstream physical education class. [Poster Presentation (Refereed)], AfPE, National PESS Conference, 'Hitting the Target Missing the Point, Shaping the Future', Cheshire, UK [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
AIESEP Member 27-JUL-18 /