Ann MacPhail has been invited as the Keynote for the 7th ASEAN Council of Physical Education and Sport (ACPES) Conference to be held on the 9th to 11th June 2021. The title of the Keynote is ‘Building connections: Developing commitments and capacity to learn with, and from, each other’.
Drawing on a collective action project, this Keynote shares a collection of work that provides an international framework for strategic planning, proactive leadership, and adaptive designs that encourages physical education (and sport) stakeholders to perform regular assessments of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. The core principle is that every attempt to reform, improve, and redesign physical education and sport necessitates companion, coordinated improvements. ‘Grand Challenges’ identified by the Keynote illuminate dramatic and somewhat variable changes underway in nations around the world and include the digital age challenge and the professional development challenge. There are manifest needs for a unifying agenda founded on common purpose. Grand challenges confronting physical education and sport offer this unifying potential. Manifest in some form in nearly every nation, they facilitate the development of common purpose. National in one respect, these challenges signal an international agenda. More information on the conference can be accessed at http://www.nie.edu.sg/pess/acpes2021
Ann MacPhail, Assistant Dean Research Education and Health Sciences, is Professor in Physical Education at the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences at the University of Limerick. Her current research interests include teacher education, young people in sport, curriculum development in physical education, teaching, learning and assessment issues within school physical education. Contact: Ann MacPhail, Assistant Dean Research Education and Health Sciences, Ann.MacPhail@ul.ie. Follow on Twitter: @AnnMacPhail1. Researchgate: researchgate.net/profile/Ann_MacPhail. ORCID: 0000-0003-1875-0582